Longfellow Elementary students and families held a food drive recently, which will benefit the Clintonville Food Pantry and local residents.
“Thanks to the efforts of our newly founded Running Club Leadership Council, we built upon the successful food drive that we held last year,” said physical education teacher Karen Petermann. “Our 4th grade Leadership Council members challenged our entire school to contribute to the food drive and also challenged each grade level to donate the most items. The food drive was a huge success, as Longfellow students and families totaled 1,245 items for the Clintonville Food Pantry. Melissa Wait, from the Clintonville Food Pantry even came to Longfellow to receive the donation.”
First place honors went to the fourth grade, which collected 531 items; 2nd place went to first grade with 270 items; 3rd place went to third grade with 221 items. Second grade and Kindergarten each had over 100 items as well.
“Our Running Club Leadership Council members were responsible for the entire food drive,” continued Petermann. “They were true leaders. They counted food items and made daily announcements regarding our progress. They had a tub for each grade level and students delivered donations to their respective tubs. As the tubs began to overflow, council members transferred the food items to our locker room storage area. On the final day of the drive, they boxed the loose items and created a display for our picture. They even helped to load everything to the vans to transport our donations to the Clintonville Food Pantry.”