Oxbow Elementary donates to CROSS food shelf

By Megan Hopps

Sun Press Newspapers

 

‘Tis the season of giving and what an example Oxbow Creek Elementary students and families have set.

Oxbow Creek Elementary school fifth graders spend their recess time boxing and packaging food items to donate to CROSS food shelf in Rogers. Students delivered over 16,000 items to CROSS Wednesday, Nov. 27. (Photo by Megan Hopps)

Oxbow Creek Elementary school fifth graders spend their recess time boxing and packaging food items to donate to CROSS food shelf in Rogers. Students delivered over 16,000 items to CROSS Wednesday, Nov. 27. (Photo by Megan Hopps)

Sixty fifth grade students have volunteered their time to collect and package boxes of food to be donated to the CROSS food shelf in Rogers.

Families of kindergarten through fifth grade students brought non perishable food items to the school for one week, competing to see which class room could collect the most food.

What began five years ago as a school wide service project has turned in to the largest food drive the school has been a part of since it opened in 1988.

“We collected a school record of 16,245 items,” said fifth grade teacher and food drive coordinator Steve Humble. “Our previous best was in 2002 when we collected 12,213 items.”

Other staff members said families also made cash donations for the cause. One parent gave $600 to the food shelf, equalling $2 per item. Another went grocery shopping twice, filling her cart and donating the items. Oxbow Creek Girl Scout Troops even went door to door asking neighbors to contribute to the cause.

“The fifth grade students were glowing as they counted the numbers and tallied the rooms,” said office secretary Sheila Joslin. “And, of course the kids have made it a competition to see who can collect the most items.”

The winning classroom gets to compete in an obstacle course race against Champlin Park football players during gym.

Students created an assembly line to package the items for CROSS. Some students traveled to classrooms to collect food, others were in charge of canned goods, boxed goods, preparing the boxes to be delivered and delivery empty boxes for more items the next day. (Photo by Megan Hopps)

Students created an assembly line to package the items for CROSS. Some students traveled to classrooms to collect food, others were in charge of canned goods, boxed goods, preparing the boxes to be delivered and delivery empty boxes for more items the next day. (Photo by Megan Hopps)

After the food was counted and packaged, fifth graders delivered the food to CROSS, toured the food shelf and spoke to volunteers about how CROSS helps the community and how the children’s efforts contributed to feeding families in the area.

 

Contact Megan Hopps at megan.hopps@ecm-inc.com

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