Posted at: 10/15/2013 6:38 PM
By: Brianna Long
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- We are proud to partner with Channel One Food Bank for the 4th annual Student Food Drive. Many area high schools are participating in the event.
Toni Kennedy is a senior at Kasson-Mantorville High School. But Tuesday, she spent part of her day, back in elementary school.
It's all part of her school's participation in the Channel One Student Food Drive. It's an effort lead by Toni, and some of her fellow students. On today's agenda, getting the younger kids involved.
"Getting them all pumped up for it. It helps because if they're pumped up and they know that we are too, we're gonna bring in a lot more food, so we're gonna raise a lot more money for it," said Kennedy.
But it's not just about collecting food. It's also about teaching the kids to be leaders, just like Toni.
"It's awesome to have the highschoolers come in here, be positive role models for our students," said the elementary principal, Michelle Krell.
"They seem them on the football field, they see them on the volleyball courts and these are their role models and when they see these students that they look up to doing good things for our community that inspires those youth to do and give back to their community as well," said FCCLA advisor, Michele Lindquist.
Giving back to their community through food donations, and having a little fun with it.
"If the kids bring in 2500 pounds of food, then I will have to dress up in a costume. It's a small price to pay for me to pay to wear a costume for a day when we're helping so many families in our community by providing food on their dinner tables," said Krell.
"It feels good to help a lot of people out cuz a lot of people come support the Kasson activities and athletics, so its good to give back and help them at their house when they need to eat. So it's just good to help the community," said KM senior Nic Bauer.
"It just feels, like a warm feeling you get to know that it's not just one school, elementary, it's everybody, it's the entire community and its just really nice to know we can come together to help do something," added Kennedy.
There are a number of area schools participating this year. The Kasson-Mantorville school district is hoping to collect 10,000 pounds of food during the drive. Channel One is hoping to collect a total of 75,000 pounds of food this year, which will provide enough food for 90,000 families.