Northwest NEWS

June 26, 2000


School explodes with generosity

food drive kids

Wellington students from Mr. Cline's, Mrs. Horst's, and Mr. LaMont's fifth grade classes (above) led the school with a combined total of 8,163 items.

   Wellington Elementary's Annual Canned Food Drive, sponsored by the Wellington PTA, brought in 29,000 items for Hopelink-Northshore. The goal of 16,000 was blown apart when over 13,000 items were brought in on the last day of the drive.

   The drive began with a kick-off assembly where students learned about Hopelink and issued challenges to other classrooms. For nine days, students brought in items that were then sorted by a team of parent volunteers. Many students stood outside local grocery stores and collected donations. The three fifth grade classes taught by Mr. Cline, Mrs. Horst, and Mr. LaMont led the school with a combined total of 8,163 items.

   Hopelink (formerly known as the Multi-Service Center), provides, among other services, a weekly food bank for Northshore families in need. Usually families using Hopelink's services are in a temporary situation due to illness or loss of a job.

   The effort was coordinated by PTA's Social Concerns committee chairs, Kathy Flemming and Lori Watson.