Roosevelt Elementary drive collects thousands of items for those in need
Collecting items before classes started at Roosevelt Elementary School in Port Angeles last week are Jenna Gates, standing, and, from left, Jessiah Yeater, teacher Kelly Sanders, Chelsea Fowler, Breanna Willard and Andrea Matheny. The student with her back to the camera is not identified. — Port Angeles School District
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PORT ANGELES — Roosevelt Elementary students, staff and families collected 4,617 items of clothing, books, food and cash donations for families with students at the school during the school’s annual holiday drive from Dec. 9-13.
The collection included non-perishable food items, books, clothing, toiletries and money to purchase turkeys that will be distributed among Roosevelt families in need.
“Students and staff put together 61 boxes of food,” organizer Kelly Sanders said.
“With the money that was donated — $1,390 of the total — we are able to give every family a turkey and additional food items such as bread, cereal, pastas, sauces, PB & J, and lots of other extras.”
Sanders noted that Sunny Farms donated 70 bags of potatoes — each 10-pounds — and Grocery Outlet donated bread and a $50 store credit.
The Roosevelt Parent Teacher Association donated $500 and school staff made donations to help purchase turkeys and hams.
Teams of students and staff competed to collect the most.
The Blue Team took first place with a total of 2,153 items, while the Red Team collected 1,964 items.
The top three classes won a popcorn and movie party.
Taking first place was Kelly Sanders’ class with 817 items. Second place was held by Craig Chambers’ class with 398 items. Bill Prorok’s class, which collected 330 items, took third place.
Last modified: December 23. 2013 6:42PM