Parkview students collect a ton-plus

Students at Parkview Elementary School in Plymouth have surpassed their goal of collecting one ton of food for the Plymouth Food Pantry.

The food drive came about as faculty and staff discussed ways the school could help the community at Thanksgiving. Having heard that food pantry donations nationwide are down, they settled on helping the local pantry and established the impressive goal of

one ton of food.

The drive started Monday, Nov. 16. Within three days, students already had almost 1,000 pounds of food, half of their goal. Within five days, they had 1,200 pounds. The drive ended on Wednesday, Nov. 25 with a grand total of 2,277.5 pounds, well beyond the 2,000 pounds in a ton.

The Plymouth Food Pantry is fortunate to have strong support from the community, but a donation of this size will help with increased demand at the food pantry, said Patti Frost, president of the Plymouth Food Pantry board.

The pantry helped 222 families the week before Thanksgiving. A year ago, that number was about 125. The canned goods in this donation will last about a month, she estimated.

The food pantry appreciates the support from the school district in all of its food drives. “If you can teach a young soul to give back to others, to their community, that is a wonderful thing along with their education,” Frost said.

The drive allowed students to utilize their math skills as well as their charity. Third- and fourth-graders kept track of the weights on the items, using calculators and

an Excel spreadsheet.

Students collected food door-to-door in the Parkview neighborhood. Help also came from Walmart, which donated $50 to buy food for the drive.

Students earned a popcorn party for reaching their goal. In addition, Parkview Parents and Teachers for Our Kids (PTK) donated prizes to be given away in a raffle.

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