ELMWOOD – Elmwood-Murdock students provided a helping hand to community members through a major food drive in western Cass County.
Student Councils from both the elementary and high schools joined forces for the food drive Nov. 30-Dec. 18. The district released information about the event Tuesday. The elementary and high school groups collected more than 6,000 food/money items and school supplies for the Elmwood Food Pantry.
Elmwood-Murdock High School Student Council member Ashtyn Cooper said the two groups were pleased with the response to the food drive. Elementary and high school pupils wanted to collect at least 3,000 items at both the Elmwood and Murdock buildings. A gift of $1 was counted as being worth three items.
“Typically both schools collect food items but this year the elementary took the initiative to collect other supplies needed such as school supplies and typical household goods,” Cooper said. “It was a change on a long-held tradition but a good one as both schools met their goals and were able to help support their community in a big way.”
Elmwood-Murdock Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members designed and distributed posters about the event at both school buildings. Student Council members from both schools organized and operated the food drive at their separate locations. All food, supplies and money were collected separately at both schools.
Members of both Student Council groups presented the items and money to the Elmwood Food Pantry. Food Pantry representative Ed Blunt welcomed Cooper and fellow Student Council members Emily Zakaras, Levi Offner, Tucker Oehlerking, Callie Zeorian, Kara Zimmerman, Lexi Bacon, Taylor Lindburg, Katelyn Stewart and Alex Osmon to the pantry.