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‘Ele‘ele School food drive gets two pickups worth of donations

‘ELE‘ELE — The ‘Ele‘ele Elementary School Student Council and population outdid themselves by collecting twice during the ‘Ele‘ele School 2021 Winter Canned Food Drive that ended on Dec. 17.

When the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i made its first pickup, the school had contributed 1,081 pounds of food, and on its second pickup, Thursday, the collection total grew by another 1,121 pounds in less than a week.

“With the two pickups combined, that gives us a grand total of 2,202 pounds of food,” said Tisha Ruiz of the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i. “That is 2022, backward. How awesome is that?”

Malyn Miyashiro, the ‘Ele‘ele School Student Council advisor and teacher, coordinated the Winter Canned Food Drive.

“The Student Council voted to conduct the canned food drive during the month of December as a way to help others in need by donating to the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i,” Miyashiro said. “During the first round from Dec. 13 through 17, the school collected a total of 1,081 pounds of nonperishable food from 23 classes ranging from Preschool through Grade 5.”

Miyashiro said the class that brought the most canned goods for each grade level will be treated to a popcorn and juice movie party sponsored by the Student Council and the PTSA.

Ruiz said the students did not set a goal, and despite not having a goal in mind, the ‘Ele‘ele School kids have brought in a lot of nonperishable food — no goals needed.

Earlier in the month, the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i were recipients of other schools’ benevolence, the Kalaheo Elementary School collecting 1,128 pounds of nonperishable food through a food drive coordinated by the school’s PCNC Facilitator Allison Matsuo in a drive-through format.

Kapa‘a Middle School teacher Kristin Umakoshi coordinated a school drive by her Advisory Class that netted 960 pounds of nonperishable food for the Hawai‘i Foodbank Kaua‘i.
Source: The Garden Island

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