Eastside vs. Westside Competition Benefits Reach Out Lakota
Starting Oct. 17, you can show your Westside or Eastside pride by taking part in the ninth annual district-wide food drive benefitting Reach Out Lakota.
Each year the ‘Reach In for Reach Out Lakota’ food drive, hosted by the Lakota Board of Education, plays off the spirit of the East vs. West football game, pitting Lakota’s East side schools against the West side schools.
“This annual event began as a board project eight years ago. The intent was to offer our students a district-wide opportunity for community service, and to address hunger and food insufficiency issues affecting many Lakota families,” said Board of Education President Lynda O’Connor. “Some may not realize that there are deep pockets of need within our own community, and Reach Out Lakota provides help for families right here in West Chester-Liberty.”
‘Reach In for Reach Out Lakota’ is the single largest source of donations all year long for the local non-profit food pantry. Last year the drive brought in between 12,000 and 15,000 pounds of donations and stocked Reach Out Lakota’s shelves through February.
Nonperishable food items and personal care products will be collected at all Lakota schools from Oct. 17 through Oct. 26. Each school designs their own programs and competitions to encourage donations. For example, last year students from Creekside Early Childhood School students had fun with the ‘Reaching Out from A-Z’ food drive activity. Letters of the alphabet were displayed in the hallways and when students brought in a donation, they had to place the canned good by the appropriate letter of the alphabet.
All items collected will then be taken to Lakota West, site of this year’s East vs. West football game. Community members can also bring items to place in the Eastside or Westside storage containers before the start of the Oct. 28 football game. The winner of the food drive will be announced during the halftime ceremonies. Last year West side schools took home the coveted trophy – who will it be this year?
Click here to view a food drive flyer that include a list of items most needed by Reach Out Lakota.
All year long, Lakota students and staff work tirelessly to support causes that make a difference in the lives of others right here in West Chester and Liberty townships. After all, the best way to show our appreciation for a community that gives our schools so much is to give right back to it. Look for more “Lakota Gives Back” stories as the year continues.