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Post Middle School raises food, funds for Arlington Food Bank
ARLINGTON The Post Middle School Associated Student Body and Leadership students pulled off a three-day feat, raising $2,128.76 and collecting 1,388 pounds of food and other items for the Arlington Food Bank Nov. 13-15, before dropping off their donations in person Nov. 16.
Post Middle School ASB President Ben Nield and Treasurer Jessica Foster joined Leadership students Emilee Nowlin, Jacob Hughes, Jenna Tistev and Alda Sarmiento, not only in conducting their food and fund drive, but also in loading their assembled goods in and out of a trailer loaned to them by Brent McKinley.
Nield estimated that sugar, potatoes and childrens fruit snacks were among the more popular items to pass on, although he acknowledged that they also received a good deal of food for families pets, and even non-food items such as toothbrushes, floss and diapers.
When asked what the hardest parts of the event were, all the students agreed that organizing it was the most difficult obstacle, followed closely by the task of loading the trailer. While Nov. 13 and 14 didnt yield quite as many donations as they might have hoped, Nov. 15 more than made up for it.
The idea of competing in charity with students at Haller Middle School clearly appealed to the Post Middle School students, but they were even more motivated by the desire to support those in need during the holidays, especially in the wake of the recent flooding of the Stillaguamish River.
Foster echoed Nields sentiment that it was a team effort, because we tried to make the school connect and have students boost each other up. She also agreed with his assessment that sixth-graders were more prone to donate food, while eight-graders were more likely to donate money and seventh-graders struck a balance between the two.
Post Middle School Principal Brian Beckley, who helped his students carry their goods out of the trailer and into the Arlington Food Bank Nov. 16, simply considers this charity drive another example of how generous our parents are and how hard-working our students are. These kids show that they understand how important it is to give back and they excelled at putting this effort together in a very short amount of time.