Schools sponsor holiday drives for those in need
Schools sponsor holiday drives for those in need
Posted on 11/30/2018
November is a time for giving thanks, and according to students in the district, a time for giving to their community. Here are just a few of the schools that are sponsoring drives during the month of November and December:

Aylen JH: The Aylen Junior High School community, along with their feeder elementary schools, collected nearly 18,000 non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks to assist those in need. 
The Aylen Leadership students visited each of the feeder elementary schools (Fruitland, Waller Road, Maplewood and Karshner) and collected items to "Fill the Bus." They then delivered them to a local food bank. To learn more about this annual event, visit Aylen JH's website and Facebook page.

Ballou JH: Bruin Pride brought in over 10,000 cans of food during their 13th annual food drive.  Visit their website and Facebook page.

Emerald Ridge HSOn November 1st, the Emerald Ridge HOSA chapter held the first of two blood drives that they put on throughout the year. Emerald Ridge students that were able to donate blood were encouraged to sign up and help the cause. Approximately seventy-five students donated blood to Cascade Regional Blood Services. In addition to being able to help out a good cause in their community, the members of HOSA had the opportunity to observe and learn about the process of blood donation. As a club that focuses on students pursuing a career in the medical field, being able to be a part of experiences like this gave each of the members a chance to strengthen their leadership skills and work together as a team. The next drive will take place in February. A Sock Drive was also sponsored by HOSA, donating 370 pair of socks to St. Francis House. Read more on the ERHS website.  

Northwood Elementary:
Students held a Food Drive during November, and are hosting a Giving Tree for their families in need.  

Edgerton Elementary: 
Their 12th annual Food and Gift Card Drive is well under way. The gift cards will be used to purchase items for Edgerton families in need.  Special thanks to Metropolitan Market, Flying Tomato, Volcano Coffee and High Point Church for their support.

Mt. View Elementary: Staff and PTA are sponsoring a Giving Tree to help their community families who may need a little extra this year. Students and staff are collecting food for the annual Food Drive to benefit the Mountain View Community Center Food Bank.

Ferrucci JH: The FJH Community service Club did an amazing job with their annual Food and Necessities Drive in November. Several 'Care Packages' were prepared for families for the holidays. See more on Ferrucci's Twitter feed.

Ridgecrest Elementary: Ridgecrest PTA, along with the staff, provided full Thanksgiving meals for 20 families last month.  A Giving Tree and Food Drive, also hosted by the PTA, are under way.  Food will be given to the Elks Club who will then provide holiday food baskets to at least 20 families. The PTA Giving Tree will provide more than 60 children with personal gifts.  Follow the Ridgecrest Facebook page to see photos.

Kalles JH:  Last month Tyees brought in 5,376 food items to be donated to their local F.I.S.H. food bank, as well as collecting many socks to donate to the Tacoma Rescue Mission.  Kalles staff and families are donating needed gifts during their Holiday Helps drive.  Through the Anchor program, staff members connect individually with students on a regular basis to give extra encouragement and support.  Special thanks to All Saints Church for weekly food donations of Turkey baskets to support some Kalles families.  Holiday basket contributions from Central Pierce Fire Department are greatly appreciated this month.

Stewart Elementary: Facilitated by Communities In Schools, nearly 50 Stewart families were supported during their Thanksgiving Holiday Drive.  The December Holiday Drive is in progress, and anticipated to be just as successful. Watch Stewart Elementary's Facebook page for updates.

Glacier View JH: During November, GV counselors collected  items to provide Thanksgiving dinner for six families.  The FCCLA ( Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) group is currently hosting a Food Drive to benefit GVJH families as well as the Pierce County Santa Cop Program.  Nearly 4,000 items have been collected so far.