By Gini Davis
The Creswell Chronicle
When Creslane Elementary School held their annual Food Drive earlier this month, students set a goal of collecting 4,000 pounds of food. But when all was said and done, a whopping 6,383 pounds of nonperishable foods had been brought in to aid people in need right here in our community.
South Lane County Fire & Rescue partners with Creslane on the food drive each year, and SLCF&R Captain Paramedic Aaron Smith was on hand to announce the total, and the winning classrooms, during the school’s pair of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Canned Food Drive Pep Assemblies on Friday, Nov. 17.
There was a tiered prize system in place as an incentive for friendly but spirited competition among Creslane classrooms. Dawn Dean’s fifth-grade class brought in 1,421 pounds to claim first place, and will receive an ice cream party and a trip to the fire station for a ride in a firetruck at a later date. They will also have the honor of selecting the movie for next September’s Movie Night at the Firehouse.
In second place, with 1,344 pounds, was Jamie Cranmer’s third-grade class. They will also receive a ride on a firetruck.
Honorable Mention went to Chemen Clearwaters’ kindergarten class, which brought in 821 pounds.
As a special reward for exceeding their schoolwide goal, students in the winning classrooms got to help duct-tape Creslane Principal Ryan Beck to the gym wall during the assemblies. The Creswell Bulldog Marching Band, made up of Creswell High School and Creswell Middle School students, performed during the assemblies, as did the CHS Choir.
PBIS Coordinators Kristi Kruger and Jenny Garzenelli noted that some cash donations counted in the food drive total as well, with each dollar donated worth one pound of food.
Food collected during the drive will benefit Creswell Food Pantry and the school’s Food4Kids program.
“Food4Kids was able to restock their shelves with needed items, but the majority of food went to the Food Pantry,” Kruger said.
“I am proud of our school community for once again assisting families in need during the holiday season,” Beck said. “I hope we can top 7,000 pounds of canned food and nonperishable food items next year!”