JTES students take part in food drive
Students at Jackson Township Elementary have not forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.
"We had 28 requests for food baskets," fifth-grade teacher Becky Jeffers said.
On designated days students were encouraged to bring in canned goods, boxed food, and paper products.
Jeffers had only hoped to have 300 items per day, however the students took the theme, be the miracle, for the collection to heart.
"We made a difference," student Mia Watson said.
In total, the students collected more than 1,400 items. There was approximately 450 canned good items, 352 boxed food items and 765 paper product items.
The student council, which is made up of fourth- and -fifth-grade students, is still in awe by the amount of items collected.
"We are helping a lot of people by doing this," Camden Roembke said.
"We've helped a lot of people who needed food," Noah Short added.
Each day the student council counted items and notified the student body of the winning classroom. The classrooms that collected the most were Michelle Bell's second grade class for canned goods, Larissa Goshen's third-grade class for boxed goods and Daniel Webster's fifth-grade class for paper and hygiene products.
"I am so impressed and appreciative of the Jackson Township students and families for this success," Jeffers said. "We will be able to be very generous with the food baskets."
Any items not used in the baskets will be donated to the Clay County Food Pantry.
"It is impressive the benevolence of the students and their families," Principal Jeff Fritz said.
For all the work the students did collecting and counting, the families receiving the baskets will be benefiting the most.
"I think we did a good job," Madison Kapke said.