Lakota students from the East side will be pitted against those on the West side – but this competition won’t be on the gridiron.
It will be played out across the district in each of Lakota’s 22 schools.
Beginning Monday, through Nov. 2, students will be challenged to take part in the Reach In for Reach Out Lakota food drive to benefit families throughout the district.
It is the fifth year students and community members are being asked to bring non-perishable items to school through Friday, where they will be collected for the food and clothing pantry.
“It really gets us started because 80 percent of our supplies come from Lakota,’’ said Lourdes Ward, executive director of Reach Out Lakota. “Summertime our donations go down. This really replenishes our shelves.”
Each month Reach Out Lakota provides food and other items to 250 families during the pantry’s six hours of operation each week. Families are given enough food to last 7-10 days, Ward said.
Besides the schools food and personal care items can also be brought to the Nov. 2 football game – which pits the two Lakota high schools against one another – beginning at 6 p.m. Varsity kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Last year’s drive netted more than 29,000 pounds of food plus hygiene items.
The winning side will be announced at the East-West varsity football game which will be played at Lakota East High School this year.
A trophy presented by the school board will be housed at the winning side’s high school. Right now the trophy sits at Lakota West based on last year’s food drive.
Items to bring
- Cereal, pancake mix, syrup
- Dry pasta, sauce
- Canned: pasta, vegetables, fruit, pork and beans, soup, tuna and mean
- Vegetable oil
- Flour, sugar
- Personal care items: bar soap, disposable razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant
- Cleaning supplies