Ravenscroft's Middle School division has been recognized as the top middle school donor to the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, sponsored by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to provide meals for families in its 34-county service area.
Middle School Ravens collected 1,791 pounds of food between Oct. 2 and Dec. 2 as part of the drive, which included a contest to see which school in each division — elementary, middle, high, multigrade and university — could bring in the most money and/or nonperishable food items. The Middle School Student Council facilitated the drive, encouraging students to bring canned goods to the fall dance and organizing a competition between seventh and eighth grade advisory groups to promote community-building.
A group of students took donations the Food Bank, helping to unload the items and speaking with a representative about the important work they do there.
Tinnie Salzano, assistant head of the Middle School, called the students' enthusiasm and generosity "truly inspiring."
"As our middle schoolers are learning to lead themselves and others as they work to change their world, a simple yet powerful lesson for them includes realizing how important it is to help provide for one's neighbors," she said. "Our students, through their advisory groups, embraced the challenge of giving some, then more, and then even more. Because of the Lead From Here philosophy which these students have been taught since Lower School, they believe they can make a positive difference in the world, and they are doing just that."
Other middle schools in the Top 4 were Durham Nativity School, North Garner Middle School and Mills Park Middle School. Raleigh's Sanderson High School was the overall winner. In all, 68 schools and groups participated in the drive, which collected 98,501 pounds of food and $120,862.62, enough to provide 687,261 meals.
Elizabeth Moss, who coordinated the drive for Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, wrote to participating schools, "Thank you to each and every one of you who worked so hard to provide meals to food-insecure members of your communities! You donated enough food and funds for 7,636 people to eat three meals for an entire month."