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Teachers take a pie for charity

Kids earn the right to smack their favorite teacher with a pie by donating food to the ACCESS food bank

GOLD HILL ' Students are doing their part to help feed the hungry this holiday season.

Students from Hanby Middle School and Gold Hill Community Preschool brought in bag after bag of food to the local ACCESS Inc. food bank in the Gold Hill Christian Center, said organizer Laura Branson.

We were just amazed, Branson said. They brought in humongous boxes and tons of food.

Hanby Principal Sheila Henson said her students ultimately contributed 1,400 non-perishable items to the effort this year.

We ran a competition for a couple weeks, said Henson.

— This is the third year the school has contributed to the effort, Branson said.

Early on, it appeared the effort was lagging behind past years. To pick up the momentum, teachers Mike Herzog, Steve Vegos and Tom Stinson volunteered to take a pie in the face from any student who brought in 30 food items.

That worked really well, said Henson, laughing. We have pictures of the teachers with pie all over their faces.

Eleven students made the lunchtime toss at their favorite teacher, she said.

Stinson's eighth-grade class won the overall competition, Henson said. And Herzog's seventh-grade class dropped the food off at the site, Branson said.

It took them three trips each, she said.

The food will be packaged and sent out with baskets containing a traditional holiday turkey dinner, Branson said.

The community's smaller tots were busy getting into the giving as well, said preschool teacher Lori Schoen. Her 17 students, ranging in age from — to 5 years old, got a lesson on helping others by bringing in their food boxes, she said.

We brought in two or three boxes of food and got a great feeling, said Schoen.

Branson said the baskets will be donated to families identified through officials at Patrick Elementary School. In addition to the food, each child also will receive a personal gift, she said. The age and sex of each child has been placed on the church's sanctuary tree, said Branson. Congregation and community members have been bringing in the gifts and placing them under the tree in anticipation for the Dec. 18 delivery date, she said.

Lampman Baptist Church is also participating in the food drive and holding a clothing drive as well, Branson said.

They can always take good clothing donations, said Branson.

To donate food or clothing, contact the Gold Hill Christian Center at 855-7331.

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Hanby Middle School seventy-grade teacher Mike Herzog smiles after receiving a pie in the face as a reward to kids who provided food items to ACCESS Inc. as part of a Christmas season food drive.