(Atlantic) The Schuler and Washington Elementary Schools supported the Atlantic Food Pantry in large numbers this week. The elementary schools were involved in a canned drive between November 25th and December 10th. The students were informed that the class who donated most items in each grade level would be asked to join members of the Atlantic Police Department and Reserves at the free matinee showing TURBO on December 14. Each student who attends will also receive a free kid’s concession special including popcorn, drink and M & M’s.
Atlantic Police Officer Devin Hogue says on December 10 Officers from the Atlantic Police Department went to each school, picked up and delivered all the collected items to the Atlantic Food Pantry. All the items were totaled by each teacher and logged by the Police Department to see which classes collected the most.
Schuler Elementary collected a total of 768-items and Washington Elementary collected a total of 2,358 items. This brought the grand total of 3,126 items that were donated to the Atlantic Food Pantry.
“The Food Pantry Officials jaws dropped when we walked in the door with all the items,” stated Hogue. “They said it was the biggest one time donation that they have ever received.”
The winning classes were presented with a certificate on December 11 and given a flyer asking them to attend the movie with members of the Atlantic Police Department and Reserves on Saturday, December 14. They are asked to be at the movie theatre at 11:00 a.m. to assure that every student gets a seat and their concession item. The movie will be provided to each student by the Police Department as a way to say thank you for doing so much to support the community and local food pantry with their donations. The movie and concessions will be provided through the Atlantic Police Reserves Children’s account, which also supports the annual summer camp out, and last year’s first ever trip to the zoo with kindergarten and first grade students.
The Police Department would like to thank all of the students who participated in the food drive along with all of their parents and family members who helped them. This is the first time this event has been held and had an overall tremendous turnout. All the items collected will greatly benefit Atlantic and Cass County during the holiday season.
December 13, 2013