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Raytown School’s REAP food drive

raytown_schoolsSpring Valley Elementary, Southwood Elementary, Blue Ridge Elementary, Raytown South Middle, and Transportation Services are participating in the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) Food Drive Challenge from December 12-20.

Throughout the campaign, each group will collect food, hygiene, and household items. If the school collects 800 pounds of food and supplies, three volunteer staff members must sleep on the roof the entire night of December 20. For every 100 pounds over, one more volunteer is added.

School Bus Behavior Coach Mark Hoskins said, “Our goal is to have fun, but really we wanted to provide a chance for students and staff to help people in our community. The timing is set to help REAP with the Christmas rush as well as helping to make sure their cupboards are not bare after Christmas. We also believe this is an opportunity for kids in the district to learn what it means to help others and to have fun doing it. It’s win/win really.”

Blue Ridge Elementary staff is motivating students by creating a pictograph of the event; as they collect enough items, the stick figure representative is placed on the roof.

Raytown South Middle arranged a pre-challenge Thanksgiving fundraiser and was able to get 476 pounds of food and supplies to REAP. Since Thanksgiving, students have brought in an additional 700 pounds of food.

At Southwood Elementary, Principal Anson Baker says his school is “working hard to collect items,” and they are excited to accept the challenge Spring Valley put forth.

Two days into the challenge, Spring Valley Elementary collected close to 300 pounds. Physical Education Teacher Laura Girard said that the school feels great about this year’s drive, and plans to beat last year’s total. Last year, Spring Valley collected almost 2000 pounds of food and had 11 staff members on the roof all night long.

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