Friday, November 18 was pajama day at Long Cane Elementary School. As kids bounced around the halls in their colorful PJ’s, there was a more serious and life saving task at hand. Once again, Long Cane was wrapping up its annual can drive before sending the various cans of food and goods off with the Salvation Army.
This particular Friday, Long Cane finished its canned food drive to help fight local hunger. The fourth and fifth graders of the student council organized and planned this entire event over a week’s time and to say that they out did themselves is an understatement. This year there was a total of about nine and half barrels of goods. The winner this year was the third grade class for most cans raised.
In years prior, the school had put together five full barrels of canned goods and the number has seemingly grown exponentially from year to year. Speaking with some of the students, you can truly tell that they want to contribute and help. Many of them mentioned this issue of homelessness and how they are trying to combat it in any way that they can. The students advertised all over the school by making flyers and talking to their fellow students.
The canned food drive, sponsored by the Salvation Army, ran from November 14 through the 18. The drive runs in conjecture with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and products will be donated to families in our community that are in need this holiday season. This all worked out great that Friday when Long Cane hosted their Dreaming of a World without Hunger Day, where if students brought a can of food, they could wear their pajamas.
As far as the cans go, the Salvation Army is coming by the school to pick up the cans and re-distribute them locally all across Troup County. The Salvation Army has been serving both Troup and Heard Counties since 1917 and providing meals to hungry men and women all across the United States. This was a great partnership between the school and the Salvation Army, as the food will be sent out into hundreds of homes across the county, just in time for everyone’s big Thanksgiving meals.
This is not the first time that this school has gone above and beyond in helping the community at large. As well as hosting the canned food drive for several years now, they have also had partnerships all over the city. The school is one of the most active and is always involved with various things around the community.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer