Our marvelous young people just keep doing special things. I couldn’t cover but a small fraction of their deeds on behalf of others for Thanksgiving but feel these three examples prove a point: Our kids are great!
Key Peninsula’s Boy Scout Troop 220 collected more than 3,250 non-perishable food, health/hygiene and pet food items this year in its annual Scouting for Food Drive. All items were donated to the Key Peninsula Community Center/Food Bank on Nov. 12.
“We wish to thank our Key Peninsula/Gig Harbor communities for their generosity,” said scout mom Christianne Helland, the Troop’s Scouting for Food coordinator. “We far exceeded the amount of items collected last year and were joined by Girl Scouts of Troop 44539.”
“We do Scouting for Food to help the community and give them food,” Life Scout Gabe Schaar said. “I’ve done it my entire time with Troop 220 and plan to again next year.”
Fellow Life Scout Daniel Shurr said, “We are working on trying to advertise more so that more people know what we are trying to accomplish and then participate in it.”
“The food bank needs more help around holiday time,” said Star Scout Robert Quill. “It would be fun to move beyond walking around collecting items and do collections on bikes or longboards.”
Eagle Scout Timmie Calhoun said, “Scouting for Food provides an option for families to eat where they would otherwise be unable to.”
Artondale Elementary Principal Jacque Crisman thanked Jessica Glogovac and her “awesome Student Council for planning our (Apple Cup-themed) food drive. We collected 3,204 items.”
That number was way over the drive’s overall goal. Final score: WSU 1,881, UW 961 and U of Oregon 372.
“It looks like an extra recess and treat is coming our way,” Crisman said. “Thanks to all for helping out! And a special thanks to those who helped as the students loaded the trucks for FISH! We have an amazing school.”
At Kopachuck Middle School, Assistant Principal Nate Hudac was excited to have his school’s Kopachuck Coyotes acknowledged for their two charitable drives this November.
“One was an Apple Cup-themed food drive to collect items for local Gig Harbor families in need,” he said. “The other was/is a rafiki chain sale that raises money for hurricane recovery efforts in Haiti.”
We’ll do a separate story on the rafiki chain sale in a near future Kids’ Corner. It has a special spin to it.
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Hugh McMillan is a longtime contributing writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.