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Student food drive aims to fill school offices

The holidays are a good time to make donations to those in need, and students at Cheney and Medical Lake high schools are doing just that.

In Cheney, the student body is collecting food for the Cheney Food Bank, the Airway Heights Food Bank and, if any donations are left over, the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The goal is for each class to fill one of the four administrators’ offices with food.

“Hopefully they won’t have anywhere to sit,” said John Michel, a counselor at the school.

The freshmen plan to fill Assistant Principal Ray Picicci’s office, the sophomores Principal Tom Gresch’s office, the juniors Assistant Principal Troy Heuett’s office and the seniors Assistant Principal Jim Missel’s office.

The food drive started at the beginning of November and is expected to run through the first week of December.

Michel said the students didn’t come up with a goal of how much food to collect, other than to move the administrators out of their offices. Food is already starting to trickle in.

In Medical Lake, the leadership class is gearing up for “Operation Misfit Toys,” which benefits local charities.

“I have the most amazing students that I get to work with,” said Ann Everett, leadership class teacher.

Students will be at Wal-Mart and Denny’s Harvest Foods encouraging customers to donate, starting the week after Thanksgiving and running through the end of December.

The students are researching which organization will receive the toys they collect.

Becky Blakely, a junior, said that last year they donated the toys and about $200 to Shriners Hospital.

Not only are the students organizing the toy drive; they have spent the school year coming up with ways to collect donations for the Medical Lake Food Bank and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

During the last week of October, the students collected $1,560.55 for the foundation.

“That, to me, was amazing,” Everett said.

Emily Paulson, a senior in the class, said the cheerleaders and football players carried pink cans for donations. The students who received the most donations could avoid a pie in the face after the football game that week.

“There was a big pie fight after the game,” Paulson said. The students said they made pies for the event using chocolate pudding and whipped cream that had been dyed pink.

During homecoming week, the class held a food drive to benefit the Medical Lake Food Bank.

Senior Terilyn Young said the drive raised $456 and about 500 pounds of food.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said.

The students said they feel good when they get to donate to those in need.

Young said she has a saying that she tells herself:

“I want to be the difference in someone’s life.”