Fifth-grader Bailee Mull, who participated in the food drive last year, was glad to help out again this year.
"It was fun doing the food drive," said Bailee. "It feels good because I'm helping kids and families that don't really have that much. I think we did a very good job and we had fun at the same time."
"It made me feel pretty happy," fifth-grader Alexis Marking said about collecting food. "We're helping a lot of people."
Everett Sapp, also a fifth grade student, said it "felt good helping other people who don't have as much."
"One girl brought in like 30 cans. We really raised a lot in our class," said Everett.
Principal Matthew J. Slattery said he was proud of the efforts of the students and staff who worked hard to help fill lines in the graph and fill boxes with donations.
"We are very proud of our students and families for their participation in this service project," said Slattery, who also credited Hannaford for donating turkeys and Pray's Farmers Market for donating potatoes toward the Thanksgiving dinners. "The kids had a lot of fun doing it. And, Stewart's making the ice cream donation was a great incentive, in my opinion."
"We need to thank everybody in our school, because without the help of the parents who give the food to the kids and everybody helping getting it all collected and counted and packed up, it wouldn't happen," added McCormick. "It was very much a school-wide effort."