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Roosevelt students collect 1,400-plus pounds in food drive; other schools involved with food drives

Rick Wagner • Nov 27, 2016 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Some Kingsport and Sullivan County students have been busy with food drives and packing donated food.

Students at Kingsport’s Roosevelt Elementary last week collected more than 1,400 pounds of food for the school’s next door neighbors at West View Baptist Church.

School counselor Alice Browder said the school’s 274 students brought in the food.

“That's a pretty impressive amount. The students love the annual food drive and always bring in lots of donations. Roosevelt Elementary ... little school, big heart,” Browder said. 

In addition, Sullivan South High School students recently volutneered for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. South Student Council and Welding Club members spent a recent Saturday morning packing bags for the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program.

Back in October, the annual student food drive for Second Harvest wrapped up with a total of 25,125 pounds of food collected to aid people in need of assistance in Northeast Tennessee. This year’s collection is 5,000 pounds more than last year’s collection, according to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, organizers of the event.

Participating schools were Cloudland High School, Daniel Boone High School, David Crockett High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, Elizabethton High School, Hampton High School, Providence Academy, Sullivan Central High School, Sullivan North High School, Sullivan South High School, Tri-Cities Christian and Unaka High School.

Winning schools qualified for monetary donations from food bank supporters for participating and competed for first and second place prizes of $500 and $250 for collecting the most food per capita. There were two divisions in the competition. Division A schools have more than 500 students and Division B have fewer than 500 students.

Sullivan North placed first in Division A for collecting 6.27 pounds per student. Second place went to Dobyns-Bennett for collecting 2.64 pounds per student. North has its annual food drive coinciding with homecoming activities.

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