By Adam Wechsler | Sports EditorThe DECA club hosted a food drive from Nov. 3 to Nov. 14. The food drive was a competition with Richardson High School’s DECA club.
DECA is a club that teaches marketing to students and allows them to show their marketing skills in competition.
The club requested foods such as spaghetti sauce and noodles, ramen noodles, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, canned soup, cereal and other nonperishable foods. Food was collected in each second period class, but students could also individually bring food to C208.
“The food drive cans went to the Network of Community Ministries,” DECA sponsor Katie Koshkin said. “We collected 1,681 cans, and Richardson collected over 2,800.”
“Counting all the cans made me realize how much we really did to help,” DECA treasurer Nick Free said. “When you realize that we’re combining this with all the cans Richardson collected, you see that we are helping feed a lot of people.”
This food drive was held to teach students to help people in their community who may not be as fortunate as they are.
“Many students are excited to eat a huge Thanksgiving meal, but they do not know that there are people all around them that do not have anything to eat on a daily basis, much less at Thanksgiving,” Mrs. Koshkin said. “I also think that a food drive can help bring a school together.”
“Having this fundraiser helps other people in our community who may be less fortunate and also helps promote DECA as a club that is looking out for other people,” DECA Head Officer Andrew Taylor said. “It helps give us a positive image.”
The second period orchestra class collected the most cans and will be rewarded with a pizza party.
Students who brought five or more cans to room C208 were entered into a drawing to win free cookies from DECA for the rest of the year. “Daisy Ramirez, Maria Sagrero and Keylonia Sanders were the winners of the drawing,” Mrs. Koshkin said.
DECA also plans to hold other fundraisers later this year for other causes.
“We hope to raise money at district competition for the DECA community service,” Mrs. Koshkin said. “We will also have a fundraising event in the spring to raise money for cystic fibrosis.”