Senior Brandon Schuttemeier helped drive the point home as a can of soup.
Senior Brandon Schuttemeier helped drive the point home as a can of soup.
Spring Grove High School student council members talked to the entire student body about the food shelf and how families right in our area use and need the extra help with food.

They encouraged all the students to "Reach for the Sky" (the theme for this year's food drive) and bring in food so that the shelves at the Houston County Food Shelf will once again be full and over-flowing.

For the fourth year in a row, Spring Grove High School Student Council members are helping stock the shelves at the Houston County Food Shelf.

They are eager to "Reach for the Sky" and meet and beat the amount of food that they collected last year so that they can help families in the area make sure they have food on their tables. Last year they collected 8,401 pounds!

The Channel One Regional Food Bank Student Food Drive is officially underway and students in kindergarten through 12th grades are encouraged to bring in food items.

All food that is collected from students, staff and the special food drive events will be weighed and totaled. Schools have the chance to win additional pounds of food and/or money by collecting the most pounds of food per student and for participating in the Can-struction Contest and Spirit Contest at the Awards Party at Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester.

As has been the tradition in the past, the student council is challenging each grade to see which one will bring in the most food. The class with the most food per student will be rewarded with a pizza party.

Food items particularly needed include peanut butter, SPAM, canned vegetables and fruits, cereals and boxed dinners. No glass bottles or outdated foods, please.

The student council has many events planned beginning with a Pajama Day on Oct. 24. Students had to pay $1 to wear their pajamas to school.

On Friday, Oct. 26, they will be protesting hunger with a camp-out at Blooming Business near Red's Hometown Market.

Students hope to make community members aware of the hunger problem in Houston County with this hunger protest statement.

To participate in the camp-out, students pay $5 or donate 5 pounds of food.

"We welcome any and all donations of money or food," commented Student Council adviser Renee Eiken. "Our goal is to stay up all night to protest the problem of hunger and to make others aware as well. We will take the donations right at the camp-out where we will load them into a trailer."

Watch for a traveling trailer of junk on Sunday, Oct. 28. The trailer will be decked out with students making noise to draw attention to the problem of hunger and the need to stock the food shelf.

They will be visiting residences all over town asking for donations. They aren't able to travel to rural residences, so they encourage rural residents to support any of the food drive events that they can.

Hunger is a scary thing, so a scary movie will be shown on Halloween (Wednesday, Oct. 31) at 9 p.m. at the Spring Grove Cinema. A $3 donation to the food shelf will earn entrance to the movie.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to wear a hat all day at school during Hat Day on Friday, Nov. 2. Students and staff participating need pay only $1, which will go to the food drive.

Monday, Nov. 5, visit Red's Hometown Market for a delicious turkey dinner with all of the fixings. Student Council members will be helping serve the meals from 3 to 6:30 p.m. with proceeds going to the food drive.

The final school event for the food drive will be a favorite of the students - a dodgeball tournament. All participating teams pay $20 to enter the contest on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

On Friday, Nov. 9, student council members will load up all of the food they have collected and head to Rochester to the Channel One Regional Food Bank where final totals will be calculated along with participation in a few contests.

Channel One Food Bank's goal is to raise 50,000 pounds of food overall through this Student Food Drive. If they meet this goal, they will receive an additional donation of 20,000 pounds of food from Faribault Foods. Food collected from the Student Food Drive is distributed to the counties where it was collected.

Iyla Mulvenna, Houston County Food Shelf manager, explained at the Spring Grove School kick-off that 75 families from Spring Grove visit the Houston County Food Shelf. "We are definitely helping out our community when we give," said Eiken.

Schools participating in this year's food drive include Byron High School, Chatfield High School, Goodhue High School, Faribault High School, Hayfield High School, John Marshall High School (Rochester), Kasson-Mantorville High School, Kenyon-Wanamingo High School, LeRoy-Ostrander High School, Mabel-Canton High School, Plainview-Elgin-Millville High School, Red Wing High School, Spring Grove High School, St. Charles High School, Stewartville High School, Triton High School and Wabasha-Kellogg High School.