GC students collect<br>food to help pantry<br>

GC VILLAGE — Grand Canyon students did it again.

About a month after raising $2,213 in pennies to benefit victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at the local school turned their attention to those in need right here at Grand Canyon.

The upper elementary’s student council orchestrated a canned food drive to help fill the empty shelves of the Grand Canyon Food Pantry. From Nov. 5 through a dance on Nov. 15, students brought in 318 cans of food.

"I asked the student council and they agreed they should give locally," elementary school student council assistant adviser Shelly Talker said. "We had a contest to see which classroom could raise the most cans."

Jeanne Kepler’s fourth-grade class came out on top in the contest with 84 cans of food.

To attend the dance on Nov. 15, students were asked to bring a can of food as admission. That evening, 64 more cans of food were collected.

Talker said she was not even aware that a food pantry existed at Grand Canyon and others in the community may not know about it. The Rev. Joe Surin of the Grand Canyon Community Church oversees the pantry.

"It is used by several residents in the community," Surin said. "It was getting empty and has now been replenished for the most part."

The pantry also helps visitors who find themselves in need while at Grand Canyon.

Surin said donations for the pantry by locals are always welcome. Non-perishable items and some perishable items are accepted.

Call 638-2340 for information.

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