FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Carroll Middle School's Taylor Thiele donated just over $300 to her school's annual food drive.
Thiele, a 7th-grade student at Carroll says, " Think about the people who might not have homes like you...who might not have the things you have or even food."
She and her classmates helped Huntertown United Methodist Church replenish their food bank for the winter season.
An initiative 7th-grade social studies teacher Blake Williams says he's watched his students take pride in for the last six to seven years since starting the drive.
"We're trying to help the kids understand that there's a bigger cause out there," said Williams. "We think that this is one of the most important things we do here at Carroll Middle School and it's to help those families that are in need."
The students, many of who eagerly pushed carts full of peanut butter jars and canned goods out of their classroom to load the trucks headed to the church pantry, recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for food locally.
Especially for those who were already in deficit.
Seventh-grader Lyla Ward says, “People are already going through so much. So people who are already going through a lot, now are already going through more...and it helps to help.”
The school uses initiates a friendly class and individual competition to keep the students engaged in the food drive.
This year’s individual and class food drive winners are:
- 1st Place Individual – Taylor Thiele, 7th Grade
- 2nd Place Individual – Lyla Ward, 7th Grade
- 3rd Place Individual – Bradyen Lothamer, 6th Grade
- 6th Grade Class Winner – Mr. Corah’s 1st period class
- 7th Grade Class Winner – Mr. Williams’ 1st period class
- 8th Grade Class Winner – Mr. Terrell’s 1st period class
The Carroll Middle School staff and students say they look forward to organizing the food drive again next year.