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West Bladen’s annual food drive brings in 3,726 cans for needy in Bladen County

The West Bladen High School Student Government Association held its annual food drive in December. Several events were sponsored to reach the goal of 3,500 cans.

The first event was in November during Homecoming Spirit Week. The students dressed up each day for Spirit Week, but Wednesday, Nov. 2 was “Ballers vs. Scholars vs. Hunger Day.” Students were asked to dress as either athletes or nerds, but were required to bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly to participate. There was 366 jars collected to jump start the food drive.

The food drive officially began Dec. 5 and ended Dec. 16. The Student Government sponsored two events for the students to donate and get involved. Third period classes collected food from Dec. 5-9, and the winning class received a pizza party. Coach Rick Rhoda’s class placed third with 113 cans, Mrs. Sherry Lewis’s class collected 259 cans to secure second place, and Mrs. Lauren Young’s Journalism class were the winners, collecting 333 cans.

The last event sponsored by the Student Government was a Students vs. Faculty vs. Alumni volleyball game held Dec. 16. Students who donated at least five cans of food were issued a ticket to attend the game.

In addition to several generous donations, West Bladen High School was able to surpass its goal with 3,726 cans. The cans were divided between the Bladen Crisis Center in Elizabethtown and the First Baptist Church of Bladenboro Food Pantry.

West Bladen’s food drive helped feed many people in Bladen County.

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