By Megan Hopps
Sun Press Newspapers
‘Tis the season of giving and what an example Oxbow Creek Elementary students and families have set.
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.
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.
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