Aptos High infused a little friendly competition into the school’s Holiday Food Drive in an effort to break previous year’s totals. By reviving departmental rivalries and promoting the competition in all grades, they were able to raise over 37,000 meals in just one month, from November 4th to December 6th.
Peggy Pughe, Activities Director at Aptos High, found willing conspirators in Junior US History teacher Shuntelle Emanuel and Senior Government teacher & Interact Advisor Tom Whitwam, who were happy to help her stir things up.
Peggy emailed all teachers with details on how to participate, letting them know they could request barrels and plastic apple banks for their classrooms. Students placed posters around the school. Reminders and status updates throughout the month kept people focused on the food drive.
The official kickoff took place at the last home football game with an announcement explaining the food drive. ASB & Interact Club students went through the stands at the beginning of the 2nd quarter to collect donations. At another football game, teachers went into the stands.
A donut party was promised to the class that raised the most money and food in the overall school competition. Individual classes held their own competitions as well. In the end, the Class of 2014 barely beat the Class of 2015. It was so close that the Interact Club and the AHS Administration will be hosting a Donut Party for both classes.
Working together, the students, faculty and administration at Aptos High School are making a big difference in their community. All Holiday Food Drive donations are used to feed people throughout Santa Cruz County during the winter months—when less work and higher heating bills increase hardship.