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County schools collect 10 tons of food for GraceWorks

The inaugural Drive Away Hunger Challenge for GraceWorks hosted by Darrell Waltrip Automotive challenged each of the Williamson County High Schools to collect donations for GraceWork’s food pantry with the top-three schools to collect the highest number of pounds per student receiving prizes.

WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney (left) and Middle College High School Principal Dr. Brian Bass

Although grand-prize-winning Middle College High School was the smallest school in the challenge, with only 111 students, its students collected over more than 5.5 pounds per student. The school received a $1,250 and a trophy that will remain in its possession until next year’s challenge. Coming in a close second, Centennial High School collected almost 5 pounds of food per student, earning them second place. And Summit High School collected 2.38 pounds of food per student earning them third prize.

“It is easy to motivate students to give when the cause is a worthwhile one and GraceWorks is an incredible organization”, shared Julie Albee, STARS Counselor at Middle College. “Our students, staff and Middle College families are very generous. We are a small school but can absolutely make a difference.”

Honorable mentions include Page High School with 2.09 pounds per student, Ravenwood High School with 1.98 pounds per student, Fairview High School with 1.49 pounds per student and Franklin High School with 1.37 pounds per student.

“The food collected went immediately into our pantry and the money collected will help us add some students to the Fuel Bag program,” said Susan Reagan, GraceWork’s Food Pantry director. “I’m so grateful for the initiative and enthusiasm on the part of so many teachers and students.”

“As a new school opportunities like the Drive Away Hunger Challenge are a catalyst for us to build school spirit and give back to our community,” said Dr. Charles Farmer, Summit High principal. “We appreciate that GraceWorks and Darrell Waltrip Automotive allowed us the opportunity to have our students participate in an event that gives back to our own community.”

Posted on: 4/12/2013


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