CHS leadership students collect 3 tons of food, clothes for needy classmates

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM.

Students had collected the canned vegetables for three weeks. The effort grew into a competition between classrooms, leadership teacher Stephanie Sanders said. Math teacher Carrie Valdés' students won by donating more than 1,100 cans.

But students said their main motivation was giving to others.

"I'm really proud of our school," sophomore Megan Howard said on Thursday.

"This is good," sophomore Hanna Duke said. "... These families will have food for Christmas."

"It's amazing that our school has gathered this much food," junior Jared Bufkin said. "I'm proud of my school. I think it's going to make a lot of people pretty happy."

Teachers react

The collective effort touched faculty members. Teacher Elizabeth Rivera said she was close to tears as she watched donations pile up.

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