Philomath Middle School students brought in more than a ton of food and almost $1,200 through its annual canned food drive, assistant principal Chad Matthews announced.
The drive, organized by Micah Matthews and Brooke Moade through Carmen Martin and Terry Stephenson’s advisory classes, featured the theme, “Forknife Battle Royale,” and was loosely based on the popular game Fortnite.
Each class played with strategy and was able to find hidden advantages around the school. In addition to bringing in nonperishable food and household items, students were also encouraged to bring in cash to support their advisory class in the schoolwide competition.
Diane Crocker’s class won the award for “Most Days in the Lead” and Kim Maness’s class was the overall winner, scoring the most points through a combination of food, money and strategy. Rachael Dawes’ class finished second with 2,101 points and Teresa Nielson’s class was third with 2,083 points.
A check was presented to representatives from the food bank at the school’s holiday assembly Dec. 14. The contributions will provide more than 7,000 meals through the food bank.