Tigers News · Howland students collect food for needy

A cool, rainy day didn’t dampen the efforts of Howland High School students or the generosity of township residents to Stuff the Bus.

About 50 students divided into 14 teams canvassed the community on Saturday collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to Howland Community Church, Bolindale Food Pantry, Tiger Backpack Program and Paw Pantry.

A more accurate name for the event might be Stuff the Buses, since students collected enough to fill two buses in 2017. As Interact Club adviser Amanda Dewberry watched students haul in load after load of goods on Saturday, she said it appeared they would match or surpass last year’s record.

Most of the teams were made up of members of the Interact Club, a service organization, but this year’s event also included two teams from the National Honor Society and a team from Paws for a Cause. The teams received points for everything collected with some items worth more than others (a jar of peanut butter is worth more than a can of corn).

Teams with the most points can win gift cards, and Dewberry said the winners will be announced Thursday when all of the donations have been collected from the schools and the bus or buses will be filled.

Each team was assigned a different neighborhood, and the teams delivered fliers earlier in the week letting the residents know they would be stopping by for donations on Saturday.

Story by the Tribune Chronicle.