Van Buren Elementary's student council recently hosted a school-wide food drive from Nov. 12-16 to support the Harmony Church of the Living Christ who then gives the food to families in need.
According to student council faculty leaders Derik Tipton and Anna Lorenze, each classroom competed to bring in the most food drive items. The class with the most items from kindergarten to second-grade and the class with the most items from third to fifth-grade were rewarded with a pizza party.
Students in each class were in charge of bringing the cans to large bins in the main hallway every day and counting the number of items they had.
The student council members were in charge of promoting the event, as well as counting the total number of items at the end. In all, the school collected more than 1,000 items to donate to the Harmony Church of the Living Christ.
Van Buren has been doing this food drive for approximately two years. According to Tipton, they like doing a food drive because "we like giving to a local pantry because we feel it helps our local students more by doing it that way. We continue to do the food drive because the more we do for the community and others at school, the more it will encourage students to continue doing community projects as they get older."
Tipton said "when students get positive feedback from doing something positive, they want to continue to do good deeds."
Fourth-grade student council officer Marle' Mager said she enjoyed participating in the food drive.
"You get to help people who don't have enough money to buy things during the hard times like we're living in now," Mager said.
"I like doing the food drive because it goes to a pantry for people that don't have a lot," fifth-grader Chloe Mendez said.
Student council fifth-grade council members Tucker Thiel and Kolten Chastain were in charge of counting the total number of items at the end of the project.
"It was really fun to do," they said.