Lakota East may have won the football game last Friday, but the winner of the annual food drive was Lakota West High School.
According to the principals of both high schools, the entire Lakota school district donated roughly 74,000 cans to Reach Out Lakota in just one week.
The most coming from Lakota West High School, which gathered around 19,000 cans. The West feeder schools also donated around 19,000 cans, according Lakota West High School principal G. Elgin Card.
“The students and staff of Lakota West are very pleased that our efforts will help many people in need. I always talk to our young people about paying forward and they did in a big way,” Card said. “It makes me so proud to be a part of the Lakota West family.”
The East side was close in its donations, gathering around 36,000 cans between the high school and its feeder schools.
Reach Out Lakota food inventory coordinator Tim Harmon told The Cincinnati Enquirer prior to the estimate that the organization hopes to collect more than 19,000 pounds of food for low-income families living in West Chester and Liberty townships during this one-week food drive.
Harmon also told The Enquirer that the local charity receives about 80 percent of its annual food donations from Lakota school drives.