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GRC students deliver food for Thanksgiving

Students at George Rogers Clark High School put together more than 100 Thanksgiving Day food baskets for Clark County families last week.

Derek Knight, a GRC agriculture teacher, said students delivered those baskets Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving.

The number is close to last year’s record of 105 baskets, which set a record all-time high since the tradition started in 1999.

For nearly 20 years, the Clark County FFA has paired with the George Rogers Clark High School Senior Advisory, Beta Club and other organizations in the school to collect items for Thanksgiving food baskets.  Knight said nearly 40 students came out to help Wednesday alongside some community members, which makes for a quick day.

“I’m always surprised by how quickly we get this done,” he said.

The students put the baskets together Tuesday and delivered the food Wednesday. Students packed the boxes with Thanksgiving staples such as canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, cake mix, icing, potatoes, stuffing, soft drinks and turkey breasts donated by the Clark County Farm Bureau.

Students started collecting food around the start of November. The Thanksgiving Day food basket drive was open to all classes, with some competing to see who can bring in the most food.

Knight said he loves seeing the students come together to make a difference.

“It’s eye-opening to them,” he said.

Shane Wiseman, an agriculture teacher at GRC, told the students the addresses were generated by Clark County Public Schools youth and family services centers.

“There’s 100 families that probably wouldn’t have Thanksgiving tomorrow if it wasn’t for you all,” Wiseman told the students before sending them off on delivery.

About Lashana Harney

Lashana Harney is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. Her beats include schools and education, business and commerce, Winchester Municipal Utilities and other news. To contact her, email lashana.harney@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0015.

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