As part of a school-wide project, Matoaca High School collected over 3,750 pounds of food to benefit the St. Ann’s Catholic Church Food Pantry. This project was managed by the school’s American Red Cross Club in collaboration with Assistant Principal Gail Ledbetter, the Special Education department, and the school library.
As part of its 50th anniversary activities, Matoaca High wanted to make this food drive special, celebrating its tradition of school and community working together. Donations were brought in by students and teachers from November 11 through November 22.
Principal, Mr. Stephen Cunningham offered a Pizza Party as an incentive to students that brought 10 non-perishable food items: 161 students took him up on this challenge. The library offered students who owed library fines an opportunity to use canned food items to waive their fines – numerous students took advantage of this opportunity, particularly seniors, under the encouragement of Ms. Ledbetter; Mr. James Burrell, school security officer; and Mrs. Dorothy Ott, Office Assistant.
The American Red Cross Club offered free breakfast to the class that donated the most food items – Mr. Jamie Moore’s first-period class (picture) emerged the winner. Mrs. Shawn Dugger’s first-period class came in second. There were many other enthusiastic teachers who encouraged students in their classes to donate. Additionally, Mr. Larry Stewart, Mrs. Alda Moore, Mr. Geoffrey Widman and Mr. Jamie Moore provided transportation to take the collected items to St. Ann’s.
Many families in need, including Matoaca families, will benefit from this endeavor.