Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Food Drive Finished

Well, not exactly finished. We still have three or four families whose numbers were disconnected or not accurate to find. I'm feeling, um, melancholy or something like it after year two of the food drive. Year one was amazing. We collected 5,500 items with ease.
This year, every turn had an obstacle. Two stores, Wal-Mart and Shaw's "changed" policies which disallowed our student from collecting food at the same time as the Salvation Army. One of the stores was particularly nearsighted and downright rude. But, both locations gave us times on Sunday, when the Salvation Army wasn't collecting. Our local IGA store provided some hours, but not nearly enough (however, I will point out that their customers were by far the most generous).
We added a Fill-the-Bus event, which didn't come close to reaching our projected total for the day--apparently Winter Storm Albert scared people away from the event. I also think our advertising could use some improvement.
But in the end, I shouldn't complain about collecting 5,800 items, 300 more than last year, and helping 16 families, twice as many as last year. It's just that I know what this food drive can look like, and how many students could be participating. The question is, how do we convince our student body and faculty that this is one of the greatest opportunities of their school year to learn something truly important?

7 Comments:

At 6:15 PM , Blogger Braemar said...

Congrats to you and the students.

'tis the season.

 
At 6:21 PM , Blogger Ricochet said...

Reflect on this in January and ask the kids who do participate what they would do differently. And what they would do the same.

 
At 7:27 PM , Anonymous chsasb said...

Nice job!! Remember these things take time...48 years ago I bet ours looked the same as yours. As I told some of our kids when approached by people who told them they were out of our area collecting...hunger knows no boundaries. Your doing a great job! Congratulations to your kids and you. The sixteen families many with kids are lucky to have you and your students who helped!!

 
At 2:49 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

Ricochet--so true, the need to reflect after time has gone by...thanks for the reminder.

chsasb--very nice to hear from you, and congratulations on your success this year. This year especially, I often wondered what the firts few years looked like. Sometimes it is hard to remember that things take time.

Braemer, thanks. Our students earned a great deal of positive press this year, which is a secondary benefit of the food drive. Families get needed help, and our image gets normalized.

 
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You and your students do a great job! Congratulations!

 
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