The Clewiston News

Students give back on Thanksgiving

Students from three CHS clubs helped donate food to the Harry Chapin Food Bank at First United Methodist Church.

Three clubs at Clewiston High School teamed up to donate food to needy families for Thanksgiving.

Key Club, Future Farmers of America and Public Safety Academy students made the call for donations in order to donate food to the Harry Chapin Food Bank at First United Methodist Church in Clewiston.

Roughly 40 students from the three clubs used the generous donations from community members to buy food, which they loaded into vehicles and delivered to the food bank.

The students helped unload four pickup trucks worth of food and stock the shelves of the food bank.

They even helped decorate the church and load food into people’s cars who visited the food bank.

The students were in charge of buying food from Walmart on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and delivering it the next day.

In total, the club received about $700 worth of donations from the community.

This was the second and largest fundraising event the newly established Key Club has carried out.

The first event was helping to raise funds for UNICEF.

Steven Barnes, advisor for the Key Club, said the students did an exceptional job on the Thanksgiving project.

“It was awesome, from the community support to the kids working together. It helped them see the necessity of giving back and growing as leaders,” said Barnes.

The Key Club would like to thank Alice Witt, secretary at First United Methodist Church, and all the helpers at Harry Chapin Food Bank; Jennie Goffe, FFA advisor; and Kristine Petersen, PSA advisor, for making this project possible.

The Key Club is currently working on another project for the Christmas season to help families in need in the community.

To learn more about the Key Club and its current fundraising efforts, visit their Facebook page by searching Key Club of Clewiston High School.