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Marshdale pupils stock MRC pantry

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By Daniel Laverty

Principal Christian Kingsbury said that while Marshdale Elementary has held many food drives, nothing has compared to the 2013 edition.

“All of the food would’ve overflowed one of our classrooms,” the principal said. “We had to deliver two different loads. Everyone is saying this is the biggest turnout (of items) we’ve ever had.”

The school teamed with the Mountain Resource Center’s food bank, and the donations started stacking high Dec. 2, and the donation collection ended Dec. 17.

“After all the food was delivered, we couldn’t even walk in our pantry,” said Lorye McLeod, the MRC’s executive director. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

MRC’s food bank is open all year and offers nutrition and nourishment to people who are food insecure. MRC employees have been “blown away” by donations from the mountain community this holiday season so far, said Mary Alice Cohen, MRC operations director.

“Giving food is such a tangible and real thing for children,” Cohen said. “These kids know they’re helping other kids who may be hungry. It’s an important moment when children feel they’re making a difference and helping their neighbors.”

How was Marshdale able to rise to the challenge and completely stock the MRC food pantry? Offer a pizza party, of course.

“Based on what (the MRC) needed, each item was graded, and each class was given a point sheet,” Kingsbury said.

Cereal and paper products were “worth” five points, toiletries worth four points, canned goods worth three points, any healthy food worth two points, and one point was awarded for all other items.

Ramona Bajorek’s class donated items with the most points and will be awarded the pizza party, Kingsbury said.

“It definitely motivates the kids to have a competition, but the students knew the entire thing was to do something good for the community,” Kingsbury said. “The kids were focused on winning, and we collected a ton of food, toothpaste and a lot of new toys.”

Marshdale’s student leadership team delivered the last load of donated items to the MRC last Wednesday.

“These kids did everything,” Kingsbury said. “They collected and counted items, helped transport and unload — it was really quite impressive.”

Contact Daniel Laverty at Daniel@evergreenco.comor at 303-350-1042. Follow him on Twitter at @LavertyReports. 

 

 

 

 

By Daniel Laverty

Staff Writer

Principal Christian Kingsbury said that while Marshdale Elementary has held many food drives, nothing has compared to the 2013 edition.

“All of the food would’ve overflowed one of our classrooms,” the principal said. “We had to deliver two different loads. Everyone is saying this is the biggest turnout (of items) we’ve ever had.”

The school teamed with the Mountain Resource Center’s food bank, and the donations started stacking high Dec. 2, and the donation collection ended Dec. 17.

“After all the food was delivered, we couldn’t even walk in our pantry,” said Lorye McLeod, the MRC’s executive director. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

MRC’s food bank is open all year and offers nutrition and nourishment to people who are food insecure. MRC employees have been “blown away” by donations from the mountain community this holiday season so far, said Mary Alice Cohen, MRC operations director.

“Giving food is such a tangible and real thing for children,” Cohen said. “These kids know they’re helping other kids who may be hungry. It’s an important moment when children feel they’re making a difference and helping their neighbors.”

How was Marshdale able to rise to the challenge and completely stock the MRC food pantry? Offer a pizza party, of course.

“Based on what (the MRC) needed, each item was graded, and each class was given a point sheet,” Kingsbury said.

Cereal and paper products were “worth” five points, toiletries worth four points, canned goods worth three points, any healthy food worth two points, and one point was awarded for all other items.

Ramona Bajorek’s class donated items with the most points and will be awarded the pizza party, Kingsbury said.

“It definitely motivates the kids to have a competition, but the students knew the entire thing was to do something good for the community,” Kingsbury said. “The kids were focused on winning, and we collected a ton of food, toothpaste and a lot of new toys.”

Marshdale’s student leadership team delivered the last load of donated items to the MRC last Wednesday.

“These kids did everything,” Kingsbury said. “They collected and counted items, helped transport and unload — it was really quite impressive.”

 

Contact Daniel Laverty at Daniel@evergreenco.comor at 303-350-1042. Follow him on Twitter at @LavertyReports. Check www.HighTimberTimes.comfor updates.