'Stuff the Bus' Food Drive Results

District Food Drive Stuffs Three Buses, Shows Power of 'WE are Lakota'
Posted on 11/03/2017
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Reach Out Lakota student volunteersThe new spin on this year’s district-wide food drive may have played some part in the nearly three bus loads delivered to Reach Out Lakota this week. 

The community food and clothing pantry estimates that the 10th annual event yielded about 27,000 pounds of non-perishable items. That’s 50 percent more than was collected last year, enough to stock Reach Out Lakota’s shelves until February 2018.

“I’m blown away at the generosity of our community,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “What a great display of the immense impact we can have when we all come together for a common cause."

A new tradition was introduced during this year’s drive, beginning with a kick-off at the East vs. West football game. (This has traditionally marked the conclusion of the drive.) Two school buses also hopped around town over the course of the month-long event, making a stop at each school to literally “stuff the bus” with donations.

“With each passing day, you could see the progress. It was really exciting,” said Chief Operations Officer Chris Passarge.  “We even had to make a pit stop at Reach Out Lakota to clear some space before the final collection points at the last home football games of the year.”

Adena water balloonsAdena water balloonsSchools like Independence Elementary and Adena Elementary issued challenges to help drive each other’s success. The wager brought in a combined nearly 6,500 items. In the end, Independence fell short of Adena’s total, making Principal Dr. Greg Finke the target of more than 1,400 water balloons launched by Adena students just outside the school’s entrance one morning.

All over Lakota, students and staff took the lead in promoting the drive.

“Lakota’s annual food drive literally keeps food on our shelves through the holiday season and beyond,” said Reach Out Lakota CEO Peyton Gravely. “We hope this tradition continues to be a staple of our partnership.”