The Valley School District collected 1,258 pounds of food for the Valley Food Pantry thanks to the efforts of students, the staff, generous members of the community, and the Valley School Pep Club, who organized the food drive.
“Pep Club was excited to deliver the donations to the Valley Food Pantry,” said Pep Club Advisor, Gail Churape. “We were very pleased with the district-wide support this year.”
The Valley School hosted a school carnival earlier in the month with booths for darts, tossing beanbags and the cake walk. Kids won fair bucks, which were used to purchase prizes. “Everyone had a great time,” Churape said. The event raised 100 lbs. of food.
Three schools—Columbia Virtual Academy (CVA), Paideia High School, and the Valley School–contributed to the food drive by staging a staff basketball game on March 15th. Everyone who attended the game was encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item.
Both teams, the Zestful Zeniths and the Sweet Clementine’s, played their hearts out, trading off baskets, steals and fast breaks, but ultimately the Sweet Clementine’s won the game 45 to 29. “The real winners are members of the Valley community,” said Valley School Principal Todd Smith, “And our students who learned about the importance of helping the less fortunate.”
During the game, students cheered and rooted for their favorite teachers. Each grade was invited onto the court during the breaks to participate in dribbling exercises and shooting contests for prizes. All total the Valley School raised 558 lbs., Pep Club 100 lbs., Paideia School 150 lbs., and CVA 450 lbs.
The school would like to thank everyone who donated, the adult volunteers from AmeriCorp, and the Valley School Pep Club.
“We are both grateful and proud of the youth of our community. This effort certainly demonstrates commitment to their community and fellow citizens. This was a sacrificial effort on their part and represents a significant contribution to the work of the Valley Food Pantry. Their effort will enable us to distribute this food to the ever-increasing number of people that we serve each week,” Valley Food Pantry’s Duane Money said.
The Valley Food Pantry is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that distributes donated and purchased food to local citizens in the community that are in need. The Valley Food Pantry is solely dependent on cash and food donations. If your organization would like to be a part of this effort with contributions of food or money, please contact Duane Money at 937-2261 or Glenda Noggles at 937-2096.
In This Photo: Valley School District staff (l-r) Josh Clemmer, Cody Zimbleman, Forrest Miller, Eldon Palmer, Ashley Franks and Melanie Bailey scramble for possession. Valley School District photo