HARVEY -- The Harvey FCCLA Chapter hosted a food drive, "Holding out Hope for the Hungry," from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.
The traditional competition was held between the fifth-hour classes at Harvey High School, but the community was involved as well. The amount collected added up to 1,212 pounds. Local businesses collected 80 pounds, and the students at Harvey High School carried in the other 1,132 pounds.
"It is absolutely incredible how everyone works together in our project to help the people in need," organizer Amber Feickert said. "When we made it into a contest among classes in our school, excitement came over the students and made them very competitive.
"We went by a points system for the items and the outcome turned out to be Mrs. Buechler's Algebra 2 class taking first place, followed by Mr. St. Vincent's physical science class in second and Mrs. Walsh/Mrs. Armstrong's class in third," she added. "It was a lot of fun even seeing the teachers becoming involved and encouraging their students everyday to keep on bringing in items!"
Each classroom was given a list of items that are most needed by the food pantry; the points of each item were listed, too. The top 10 individuals who brought in the most points were Riley Opp, Kali Weinmann, Jerissa Brockel, Samantha Schild, Stephanie Schmaltz, Jafrah Erfle, Damian Whitehorse, Thomas Muscha, Rachael Buechler, and Chelsey Marchand. Prizes were given out to each class for the places they took.
A new award handed out this year was the teacher's choice award. This went to the student who truly understood the meaning of this project. The award went to Thomas Muscha.
"With the help of our peers at Harvey High School and the businesses around town, our project was a great success." Feickert said. "It goes to show the impact us, as students, can make when we set our minds to something, and the difference we make by reaching out to those in need."