Canby School District students and staff come through big time

Canby students collected nearly 10,500 cans of food for this year’s Canby Community Food and Toy Drive.

Students at CHS, Baker Prairie Middle School and Eccles, Trost, Knight and Lee elementary schools, collected the food items. 
Their efforts produced the most food collected by community schoolchildren in the history of the event organized by the Canby Kiwanis Club.

Carus and Ninety-One students also raised food for their own local charitable programs in those communities.

Canby High students also raised money to buy 284 holiday hams to include in food boxes for needy families for the first time.

“I’m really proud of the efforts of the efforts for the youth in Canby for stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run on this one,” said CHS Student Body President Tim Johnson.

The high school Leadership students coordinated the school food drives. They collected the food items and delivered them to the Kiwanis’ temporary “food bank” at the old Rite Aid location next to Safeway.

The high school students kicked off the campaign by collecting 2,740 food items the night of Oct. 30. Sixteen school groups and sports teams canvassed city streets, “trick or treating” for cans. Baker Prairie students helped.

“It was really amazing how many cans were raised in just one night by the high schoolers,” said CHS Treasurer Catie Parker. She and Senior Class President Claire Marshall coordinated that effort.

“It was so fun going around collecting cans and meeting all these people who were helping out,” Catie said.

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