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Guyandotte Elementary hosts food drive

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The trail of canned goods that lines the hallways of Guyandotte Elementary may stay within boundaries the school, but, in Principal Martha Evans' mind that trail represents an effort by students to extend their service efforts out into the community.

Students at the school are in the full swing of a month-long food drive to benefit the Grace Food Pantry at Guyandotte Methodist Church.

The food drive idea was, well, driven home by the fifth-grade student council at the school, who met with food pantry volunteer Connie Miller earlier in the school year, Evans said.

"After they met with Connie, they decided they wanted to do everything they could to help her," Evans said. "As a school, we want to help our community, and we want to show our students the ways they can help the community."

The community outreach isn't limited to the Guyandotte neighborhood, said Evans.

When the food drive was in its planning stages, Evans said a substitute teacher at the school, who formerly taught at St. Joseph Catholic School, reached out to that school.

That action was the catalyst for what is now a tag-team effort between two schools in two different neighborhoods to help out one local food pantry, Evans said.

"I'm thrilled to see our community and our school coming together, and I'm not just talking about Guyandotte," Evans said. "We're working together to build a greater sense of community. There are times when schools and their communities can have a sense of "us against them" instead of "we can do this together." I want to promote the latter idea."

She said in addition to the food drive, St. Joe's students held their own clothing drive to benefit Guyandotte Elementary earlier this year, delivering "boxes and boxes" of clothes this school year.

She also noted efforts from students at Huntington High School, who helped landscape and distribute mulch throughout the campus at the beginning of the school year.

"It's important for all of us to work together," Evans said. "This is the generation that will take care of us in the future, and we had better train them to be able to do that."

The school also is accepting donations of non-perishable food items from the public. To make a donation, drop off the food items in the main office of Guyandotte Elementary, located at 605 5th Ave. in Huntington.

For more information about the food drive, call Guyandotte Elementary School at 304-528-5128.

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