Church Hill students gathering food donations to honor director of schools

Jeff Bobo • Oct 31, 2018 at 5:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Church Hill Middle School is gathering food pantry donations to honor interim Director of Schools Reba Bailey in November, but students and faculty have also challenged themselves to demolish last year's contribution totals.

The annual November food drive is how CHMS recognizes Director of Schools Appreciation Month and continues through Nov. 15.

Last year seventh- and eighth-graders gathered 1,532 non-perishable food items to be donated to the Of One Accord ministry's food pantry in Church Hill.

In a separate challenge last year, students raised $248.52 in the 2017 "Turkey Teacher" fundraiser by voting one penny at a time for their favorite teacher.

The teacher that gets the most votes by Nov. 12 will receive the honor of being named 2018 Turkey Teacher and has to wear a special "gobbler" hat. This year’s Turkey Teacher fundraising goal is $500.

Those funds were used to purchase food cards for the families of underprivileged students at CHMS so they can afford a good Thanksgiving dinner.

CHMS bookkeeper Anna Ruth Lloyd coordinates the November food drive programs.

Lloyd told the Times News on Tuesday the school has set a goal of 3,000 food items for the food pantry drive, doubling last year's mark.

To achieve that goal students in each homeroom are competing against each other to collect the most food items by Nov. 15.

As an incentive the Mount Carmel Hardee’s is donating 140 sausage biscuits for breakfast on Nov. 16 for the students in the two seventh-grade homerooms and the two eighth-grade homerooms that bring in the most items.

CHMS will also have food donation collection boxes at the gym concession stand during boys and girls basketball games, and spectators are encouraged to make contributions on their way in.

"We are also in the process of contacting some of our area grocery stores to let us put a box outside their store for people to drop off canned goods and other non-perishable canned items for our food drive," Lloyd said. "We've challenged our students and staff to double our contributions this year, and we're going all out.”

Church Hill Food Pantry representatives will come to school on Nov. 15 to collect all the food donations during a ceremony, during which the 2018 Turkey Teacher will be announced.