Donations to the annual Mississippi Elementary School, Coon Rapids, food drive exceeded expectations.
From Dec. 5 through 12 students brought in 984 items which were donated to the Anoka County Christmas Committee.
The effort was deemed a “great success” by Michelle Peterson, one of the student council advisers and a fourth-grade teacher at the school.
The annual food drive was coordinated by members of the student council, a group of 13 fifth-graders.
Advisers include Peterson, Kari Lohn and Julie Waldock.
Students are selected to serve on the council after applying in fourth grade.
According to Peterson, the goal of the student council is to build leadership skills by allowing the students to do different activities. One such activity was visiting each classroom throughout the school to promote the food drive.
The students then gathered donations Dec. 12 and sorted and counted them before they were given to representatives of the Christmas Committee.
A box was placed in each classroom for the donations, with students in each grade level encouraged to bring a certain item.
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students were encouraged to bring boxes of rice or potatoes, first-graders boxes of pasta, second-graders cake or brownie mix, third-graders hot or cold cereal, fourth-graders canned or packages of soup and fifth-graders canned fruits or vegetables. Other items were encouraged for donation as well.
“We encourage them (each student) to bring one or two items,” Peterson said.
The goal was to beat last year’s total donations of 774 items, upping the total to 800.
“It’s a great thing to do for our community,” said Kaylin Lisy, a student council member.
“They say it (the donations) really makes a difference.”
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