Food Drives Have Local, Area Impact

Dec. 6, 2012 ~ The weather's turning cold, but the hearts of Olathe students and staff are warm as they look back on the successful food drives and charity efforts they completed this fall.

Black Bob Elementary School's food drive amounted to nearly 1,500 items for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. Students got into the spirit of giving by counting the food items, putting feathers on a large turkey in the school lobby, and enjoying popcorn parties at the culmination of the drive. Every grade level surpassed their goal of 100 food items.

Mission Trail Middle School's Giving Tree was decorated with vouchers for $25 gift cards to area stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl's. Staff and student families could pick a voucher off the tree, purchase the gift card indicated on the "decoration" and return the voucher and gift card to the office. The goal of this year's Giving Tree drive was to provide $50 in gift cards for 60 Mission Trail families in need.

A few examples of students' giving spirits are pictured and explained below.

Manchester Park Elementary School’s Community Service Club visited Harvesters on Nov. 1. “It is our way of kicking off a month of giving and thankfulness,” said Principal Susan DeGroot.

Manchester Park students at Harvesters

Briarwood Elementary School’s Student Council has organized an annual food drive for the past five years. More than 1,000 food items were donated this year to help Catholic Charities in Olathe, said Student Council teacher representative Michelle Reece. Light the Holidays is an effort to provide a Christmas gift for Briarwood families in need of some support. A third community service project is collecting hats and gloves for care packages going to other Olathe elementary schools, Principal Sean Bohon said.

Briarwood food drive
Fox Council, Forest View Elementary School’s fifth-grade leadership cadre, wrapped up another successful food drive. This year’s theme was “A Mountain for Meals.” Staff and students collected a total of 1,847 food items to create a mountain of boxes in the school cafeteria. This year the food drive helped support 30 families in the Santa Fe Trail Middle School attendance area. Half of the food was used to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for the families. The remaining food items were given to the families to take home. Forest View Mountain for Meals
Pioneer Trail Middle School gathered 127 boxes of food and 127 turkeys during its annual Turkey Challenge to benefit some of its families. “We collect specific items to make a Thanksgiving basket and a turkey is also provided for each family,” Principal Mike Wolgast said. A variety of other boxed and canned foods were collected as well. Pioneer Trail Turkey Challenge
Millcreek Center held its annual food drive for Catholic Charities and collected approximately 3,500 food items. A friendly competition between the programs resulted in a truckload of boxes from the 170 students who attend the school. Millcreek Center food drive
Washington Elementary School continued its tradition of holding a food drive for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau. This year’s drive ended with more than 1,535 food items, according to Principal Christi Gottschalk. “Our Leadership Club’s food drive was a huge success,” she said. The three classes that collected the most items were rewarded with a popcorn party. Washington Elementary food drive