The Community Outreach LEAD committee at the Waynesville Sixth Grade Center hosted a food drive from Oct. 9-Nov. 8.

“It makes me feel good to help people that don’t have much food,” says Landon Cunningham, a student at WSGC.

Community Outreach committee members made posters and hung them throughout the building, decorated collection boxes and collected the nonperishable foods, which were brought to school by WSGC students.  

With 23 students in the group and food sitting around, “the room may look chaotic but these students are busy taking care of keeping the end in mind,” says teacher Marcie Gladden.

Outreach students also learned from Joellen Dean, an AmeriCorps member, how to make up oatmeal packets. “We made packets for people, complete with directions, so they can make two meals per packet,” Cunningham says. 

Students from Mrs. Adam’s class collected the most non-perishable items and were rewarded with a popcorn party for the entire class.  The Black Cohort Team won the spirit trophy.  All items collected were donated to the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks.