Friendly competition between clubs fuels school-wide food drive

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 14, SWCTA will hold a food drive that all students can participate in. All food collected will be donated to the Three Square food, a local charitable organization.

Clubs including FBLA, FCCLA, DECA, HOSA, Skills USA, Student Council, National Honor Society, and Key Club will participate. Each club will decorate a food drop box,  and students will then deposit their cans into their favorite decorated box.

“We hope by making a competition out of collecting cans with the student organizations this year, that we will be more successful at helping out this worthy cause,” comments Graphic Arts teacher Mrs. Maureen Clark.

The Career and Technical Student Organization with the most cans will win a prize, as well as the club with the most cans per official member. Each group plans to count the cans they receive daily, so they can post the results during the announcements in order to motivate students to participate in this friendly competition.

“This food drive is different from a regular food drives because it isn’t just one organization running it, but ALL of them. If they’re all involved, then we’re sure to have a lot of donations. Students should actively participate because it promotes some friendly competition, is for an absolutely great cause, and there are prizes,” says Culinary senior and FBLA president Gerald Cana.

The collected food will then be donated to Three Square, a food bank that helps to feed people in the local community. Their mission is to provide a holiday for families who are unable to afford it within our community.

“Students should participate in the food drive because Three Square is a Las Vegas organization that is helping put food on the table for locals that need some extra help in the current economic environment,” states Digital Game Development Program Leader Craig Statucki.

Non-perishable items such as breads, cereals, canned/powdered milk, and canned meat such as tuna, canned soups, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, rice, and beans are suggested as donations.

“We live in a society where food is supplied for us, clothes is offered to us, and a home is provided for us. However, there are other people out there that are not as fortunate as we are; the least we could do is to supply some food for the less fortunate as we would want others to do the same for us, if we were to be in a situation like theirs,” comments Web Design junior Flora Shi.

Visit the stage in the cafeteria during lunch to donate any canned goods, or visit one of the SWCTA clubs involved with the event before or after school to make a donation.