Five Effingham County schools recently collected over 10,000 food items for various Effingham County food pantries.
The schools held canned food drives during and after Red Ribbon Week in October. The schools that participated and the total amounts collected are: Ebenezer Middle School (filled the backs of a sport utility vehicle and a truck), South Effingham Elementary (3,094), Springfield Elementary (1,767), South Effingham Middle School (2,068) and South Effingham High School (2,280).
Ebenezer Middle students took only one day to fill up the back of a pick-up truck and a sport utility vehicle. They donated their canned goods to God’s Mission House in Springfield.
South Effingham Elementary “raced” to see which grade level could fill their cardboard race cars with the most cans. Kindergarten, represented by Lightning McQueen, crossed the finish line with the third most items. First graders packed Herbie the Love Bug with the most items. Second grade reeled in the second most canned goods with Tow Mater and third grade filled up their Cheerios Car Bi, 43. Fourth graders stayed in the race filling up their car Ramone and fifth grade made it to the finish line with Dale Jr. No. 88. All items collected were donated to the Manna House in Rincon.
Jaime Aaron’s class at Springfield Elementary brought in the most canned goods to help Springfield students collect 1,767 items which were donated to the GLOW ministry. GLOW (God Loves Orphans and Widows) has a food pantry on the Grace Community Church campus.
South Effingham Middle School’s Y-Club organized its food drive, which included daily prizes for the teams that brought in the most items.
FORCE (Food Outreach Co-Op of Effingham) divided the donated items among all the food pantries in the county.
South Effingham High School collected canned goods and food items for two weeks and delivered over 2,280 items to Our Daily Bread food pantry. A contest to collect the most items was held and the following classes were rewarded with a pizza party: Mr. Bishop’s homeroom, Mr. Kieffer’s homeroom and Mrs. Granzow’s homeroom.
— Pam Cox