Chapin High student initiative helps feed local families in need
This time of year is known as a time for harvest and plenty. But for many, times are hard, and food to feed themselves and their families remains a struggle.
To help out, dozens of Chapin High School students representing 10 school clubs came together recently to gather food for those in need during the school’s annual “Trick-or-Canning!” event.
As a result, a total of 2,215 pounds of food was donated to the We Care Center, a nonprofit organization in Chapin that works with local families and individuals in the community, according to officials from the school and Lexington-Richland School District Five. The center serves those who are facing emergencies trying to meet their basic living needs.
“I think it is important for us as students to help those in need because often times in our regular school days, we don’t normally see it,” said Chapin High School student body president Morgan Weaver. “I am so proud of my school and their generosity. At Chapin High, we have so many opportunities to give back, including our Eagle Fest and we are very excited about our annual Holiday Giving assembly coming up where we’ll pick one organization and donate to them.”
To make the food drive even more exciting, the clubs turned it into a contest to see which organization could donate the most food.
ROTC/Interact took first place, donating 669 pounds of food, followed by the school’s Health Occupations Students of America chapter in second place with 300 pounds. Meantime, Junior Board edged out the school’s Key Club for third place with 252 pounds.
Alecia Klauk, executive director of the We Care Center, was in awe of this year’s turn out.
“We Care has long benefited from the productive partnership we enjoy with our schools and this year’s Trick-or-Canning was no exception,” she said. “The 2,215 pounds of food donated will greatly impact the near-100 clients we have been seeing every week. It was a joy to experience the students’ enthusiasm.”
Klauk said that as the night rolled on, she encouraged students to head home and return to finish processing the food the following day but was surprised by what happened next.
“Every one of the students stayed and worked until every can had found its proper place,” Klauk said. “I was so impressed, not only with the results of the drive, but the dedication of the students to work hard to see it through. We Care could not be more grateful to receive such a beautiful outpouring It was all treats, no tricks.”