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Steamboat students hold food drive for LIFT-UP

Strawberry Park Student Council starts collection

Students, from top, Jacob Taulman, Colton Pasternack, Keala Fraioli and Hallie Myhre stack donated food items in the main office at Steamboat Springs Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. The middle school’s food drive, which began last week, ended Wednesday.
John F. Russell





Students, from top, Jacob Taulman, Colton Pasternack, Keala Fraioli and Hallie Myhre stack donated food items in the main office at Steamboat Springs Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. The middle school’s food drive, which began last week, ended Wednesday.
John F. Russell

— The Steamboat Springs School District’s food drive is no ordinary challenge.

Instead of just seeing which school could collect the most canned and nonperishable food, each built a castle out of those cans. The Strawberry Park Student Council came up with the idea.

“If one school can do it, how about the others?” fifth-grader Kylie Spradlin, the Student Council president, recalled thinking when they decided to have a food drive. “We were thinking, why not make it a competition? That will spark people up.”



The food drive began March 2 and ended Wednesday with each school vying for the most collected food and best can castle. The Student Council members said it would be a few days before they figured out who collected the most food.

“There’s not really a prize,” Kylie said. “It’s just for the fun of it.”



There is a prize for the class at Strawberry Park that collects the most cans, however. The winning class gets mint chocolate chip floats — chocolate milk with mint chip ice cream.

By deciding to collect food, Kylie is fulfilling a promise she made during her campaign for Student Council president. During her speech to the school in October, she promised that Student Council members would do something to benefit the community.

“We are all so fortunate,” said fifth-grader Zoe Walsh, the council’s vice president. “It’s really time we give back something.”

The food drive also is part of a larger effort at Strawberry Park to become sustainable, media specialist Sherry Holland said. She said the students have implemented recycling and zero waste programs this year.

Holland said that the school has had similar programs in the past but that they didn’t last.

“Now we feel we’ve built a program that will be sustained,” she said. “I’m incredibly proud and very lucky to have the leadership in our Student Council.”

The cans collected by students of the four Steamboat schools will benefit the LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank.

Food Bank and Case Manager Sherri McKnight said the need for food is always great. And this time of the year, with the exception of those at local churches, there are few food drives to fill LIFT-UP’s shelves.

“We’re very thankful for the young people wanting to help out others and doing it in a fun way,” McKnight said.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com


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