Anti-bully groups collect for West Branch Food Pantry
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · December 21, 2012

West Branch Middle School anti-bully groups collected items and delivered them Friday to the West Branch Food Pantry.

The C.L.A.W. groups of teachers Val Soemadi and Bill Gelhaus each had to conduct a community service project, so they joined forces to collect food items.

Sixth-grader Lindsey Gunnells said they made posters to advertise and many pupils brought cans and boxes of food from home.

Seventh-grader Katie Edge said they placed collection boxes at the WBMS office and Jack & Jill grocery store.

They ended up with six full boxes from the office.

Seventh-grader Lauren Whaley said they collected a “big bag” of food from Jack and Jill.

Seventh-grader Annika Olson said they decided to give the food to the West Branch Food Pantry to help families close to home.

“We were trying to help our community and make West Branch people’s Christmas special,” Edge added.

Sixth-grader Jacob Arruda said they are also trying to collect more food than Tipton’s and North Cedar’s middle schools as part of a contest to see who can bring in the most pounds of food.

About 30 pupils got involved in the WBMS drive.

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