Together we DID
When you walk through Chaparral High School you will hear the saying “Take Care of One Another”. The students proved this quote to be true by giving back to the community through the annual Canned Food Drive this November, sponsored by Student Government. Over two weeks, Chaparral raised 25,671 food items for the Parker Task Force. “The Parker Task Force is dedicated to providing individuals and families in our community with food, limited financial assistance and other support services to help them become self-sufficient.” During the week there were many unique ways that students collected cans. Students went door to door, did bag drops in local neighborhoods, and asked their families and parents’ work for donations. Other clubs also did their own events to help. The DECA bag drop helped raise 3,967 cans and their Sweet Street event brought in 647 cans. The Interact Club went Trick-or-Canning on Halloween and collected 563 cans.
Student Government members and Chap athletes also put on an assembly at a feeder elementary school, Prairie Crossing.The assembly taught the elementary school students what the importance of giving is and how they had the ability to give and help their community by donating food for their upcoming canned food drive. Chaparral hosted an annual Rough and Tough volleyball tournament to help collect cans for the cause. This year 17 teams competed in the tournament, and collected over 1,000 cans. In the end, 25,671 cans were collected and when the total was announced many students were inspired. When answering a survey about their favorite little moment of the food drive, a Student Government member said, “Right after Mr. Gotchey announced the total, a student sitting behind me said, ‘Whoa… that is unbelievable. I now understand the true meaning of Chap Fam.”
After the two weeks of collecting concluded, the cans were delivered to the Parker Task Force. Steve Budnack with the Parker Task Force expressed the their thankfulness and said, “I have been here 7 years and not once has a school even come close to you guys. We can’t do what we do without schools, and there are thousands of people who are fed, all thanks to you.” It took the whole community to have such a successful project. Kathy Gappinger, the Student Government Advisor said, “I am truly proud to be a Wolverine and so proud of the outcome of this project.” Thanks to all students, teachers, and community members. Through your act of giving, you all truly know what it means to be a Wolverine.
Chaparral High School