MOUNT VERNON — Students and staff at Mount Vernon High School donated more than $1,169 and 849 non-perishable food items for the High School 2016 Food for the Hungry Drive. The combination of money and cans is the equivalent of nearly 5,528 cans of food. The donations will become part of the countywide Food for the Hungry drive.
Students in the Skills for Life Career Class and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sponsored the school drive, collecting donations from first period classes the week of Nov. 14-18.
FCCLA members, sophomore Madison Neal, and freshmen Jasmine Smith and Jackie Schaade, were responsible for publicizing the schoolwide event by creating a bulletin board, hallway and classroom flyers, and posting daily progress updates. The young women were impressed with the generosity of the students and staff at the school, and felt working together on the project helped build a bond between them.
Food for the Hungry County High School coordinator, Angelique Webster from Central Ohio Technical College, met with the students to plan promotional activities and the reward for the department that brought in the most donations per student.
The MVHS social studies department received donuts courtesy of COTC. The office, guidance and piano students received yogurt parfaits with fruit puree courtesy of FCCLA.
“Although COTC and FCCLA offered a reward, student and staff awareness of the community’s need, and a desire to make a difference made this food drive a success,” said Martha Melick, Family & Consumer Sciences teacher, and FCCLA Adviser.