Students and staff members at Bainville School embraced the Montana State University and University of Montana rivalry last week for a worthy cause.
Students and staffers brought in nonperishable food items. For each food item that was brought in, a point was awarded to the team of the donor’s choice. At the end of the week, all of the donated items were taken to the local food pantry for needy families in the area.
“This project was a wonderful way to show students that they can make a big difference within their community by all pulling together. It was simple, easy and a ton of fun for the entire school,” said Superintendent Brandy Hansen.
Special-education teacher Mandy Hickel and art teacher Erin Romo organized the effort.
“We have teachers and staff who go above and beyond every day. Mandy and Erin are a prime examples of this,” Hansen said.
The food drive effort isn’t the first worthy cause tackled by Bainville School students and staff.
Last spring, several high school students organized a backpack drive for homeless children in Florida after a television special aired on the subject.
More than 30 backpacks loaded with school supplies and basic needs were shipped to a Florida elementary school and distributed to homeless children.
In addition, the fifth-grade class headed by Amy Sheet participated and raised money for the local Relay For Life event in June.
Bainville School has 139 students and serves children in kindergarten through 12th grade.