The term “senior prank” no longer has a negative connotation at Evergreen High School.
While pranks the last few years have damaged the school, this year’s prank helped dozens of Evergreen families who need food assistance.
A group of seniors collected 600 cans of food — weighing 781 pounds — and formed them in “2014” in 80-foot high numerals on the school’s football field. To make the cans stand out, each had a piece of colorful paper underneath.
The food was donated to Evergreen Christian Outreach, and food bank director Jim Shelton was thrilled to get a donation that filled what had become empty shelves at the food bank.
The students began their work at 4 a.m. Monday under the watchful eye of sheriff’s Deputy Dee Patterson and principal Ryan Alsup. Other than a couple dozen students moving cans, everything around EHS was quiet.
“This is the classiest thing I’ve ever seen,” said assistant principal Jim Jackson. “This is awesome. I want future classes to see this was a great idea.”
Patterson added: “The kids have been very respectful. They did a great job.”
Alsup, who is completing his first year as principal at EHS, said he was glad the seniors created a positive tradition that has a wide-ranging impact on the community.
“It’s a proud moment for me,” he said, “that’s for sure.”
Senior Maggie May, who is also the student body president, was one of a half-dozen seniors instrumental in organizing the effort.
“We are so proud to have pulled it off and left our school better than we found it,” she said in an e-mail about the prank. Aidan Manning, Cori Mayer, Lindsay Vinarcsik and Heather Craig also were involved in planning.
Shelton said the EChO food bank has plenty of perishable items such as bread, meat and dairy, but the shelves were almost bare of non-perishable food items.
“Before Monday, we had only six cans of soup and 11 cans of beans left,” Shelton said. “This should last us almost two months. We serve 200 families a week.”