CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Some local students are coming up with creative ways to help the hungry. Student Food Drive 2009 kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Lowcountry Food Bank's Paul Hulsey Community Food and Nutrition Center.
High schools across the tri-county are participating in a six-week hunger relief campaign designed to empower young adults, build social awareness and grow leadership skills. At the kick-off party, students competed in a skit contest, signed a pledge can, and got revved up for the first ever campaign of its kind in the Lowcountry.
This year's goal is to raise 35,000 pounds of food and all participating schools are competing against one another for prizes.
The Lowcountry Food Bank is one of 18 food banks in the country selected to participate. Students will collect food through creative events such as sporting events, dances, and silent auctions through October 29.
High schools are able to work closely with their community's elementary and middle schools to bring in more donations. Students are also encouraged to collect monetary donations to be used to purchase food in large quantities.
Charleston School of the Arts
Every birthday until October 29, SOA will be having drawings. The drawings will be announced the day before and sold during lunch hour and then awarded at the end of the day. "Teacher Pie" sales will happen concurrently with the event. SOA middle school is asked to participate as well in the paintball drawings. (Dates for drawings: 9/25, 9/29, 10/1, 10/5, 10/7, 10/9, 10/13, 10/16, 10/19, 10/21)
**October 10, 8 pm to 10 pm, Can Drive Dance with Academic Magnet at the SOA cafeteria - 5 or more cans for entry
** October 22, 3:30 pm to 5 pm, SOA Middle School Sock Hop - 5 or more cans for entry
Garrett Academy of Technology
**October 2 at 7:30 pm, "Bring it on Food Bank Style", at the Football Stadium (2731 Gordon Street, North Charleston). Garrett Academy is asking their fans to bring 2 cans or $2 and receive a Garrett Falcon souvenir megaphone to support the Student Food Drive.