Cougar News Blog
Hoping to get higher quality items and just wanting to give back to the community, Cactus Canyon is starting to collect for their annual food drive for Project Help, which is an organization that provides assistance to families with students in AJUSD schools.
Though this year’s food drive – from Sept. 14-24 – is focused toward the same goal as last year, a slight change was made in able for CCJH to try to get the best quality foods possible. This means absolutely no expired food, no pre-opened packaging, and overall just food that’s good in value. Student Council, which organizes the drive is seeking cereal, pasta, canned tuna, peanut butter, and canned soup.
“We have always asked for a limited number of items, but we narrowed it down even more this year,” said Jason Davis, head of Student Council. “I just wanted to simplify things and help people remember what we need.”
The list is not the only thing that has changed this year; there is no more class reward. In previous years StuCo has offered a pizza party or something to the class that brought the most items.
“Looking back on it, that seems unfair because a handful of students would bring in a lot of items and 125 students would get a reward,” Davis said. “This year, everyone who brings in an item will get something.”
Students will get a piece of candy and a raffle ticket for a chance to win gift cards to places such as Subway or Taco Bell.
Not only is the food drive trying to spread the word about giving to those in need, it is also about helping each other through teamwork. Students at CCJH all get to pitch in to donate to Project Help, which teaches cooperation can go a long way.
“The food drive will help the community as a whole because we are not only gaining food for those who are in need, but we are also raising awareness,” said eighth-grader Mackenzie Dillon. “It’s helping our school community because we are working as a team and building relationships as well as giving food to the needy.”