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Woodland Heights Community Donates 1,682 items to District Food Pantry

Woodland Heights students pose with food they donated to the Harrison School District.
Woodland Heights students pose with food they donated to the Harrison School District.

 

A food drive at Woodland Heights Preschool generated over 1,600 items for the Harrison School District’s food pantry, which provides emergency food assistance to students and their families.

 

Organized by Woodland’s Parent-Teacher Association, the drive concluded on September 20. After tallying the results, officials on Thursday presented all 1,682 items to Rebecca Williams, who oversees the district’s School-Based Human Services department and serves as the liaison to homeless students.

 

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the teachers, administrators, parents and especially the students at Woodland Heights who donated all of the items for the Harrison School District food pantry,” Williams said. “These gifts will be used to feed many, many hungry families.”

 

The food will be transported to the Clothing Closet at the district Administration Building, where it will be made available on an as-needed basis to Harrison students when other resources in the community have been exhausted. These 1,682 items are – by far – the largest donation of the school year to date.

 

The drive fostered some friendly competition between classrooms to see which group of 3-to-5-year-olds could generate the most items for the district. The Sea Buddies won with 622 items, but the PTA was so moved by the flood of donations that it will reward the entire preschool with a popsicle party.

 

“Watching our kids get so excited to bring in donations for others is something that we think needs to be rewarded,” the PTA said in a message posted to its Facebook page.

 

Additional Information

 

For information about the district Clothing Closet, including information on how you can donate or volunteer, click or tap here.

 

For information about the Woodland Heights Preschool, click or tap here.