the FFA members to complete individual community service
projects -- one per month -- during the school year," explained
Betsy Pech, Hartem's agriculture instructor and FFA sponsor.
"This food drive is one of the few collective service projects,
involving all available members," she said, "and one that we do
twice each school year -- in the fall and again in April."
An announcement was included in the district's October
newsletter, and the communities are alerted in advance to the drive.
Lincoln IGA donated paper grocery sacks, which were tagged with
an explanation of the project and left at front doors the day
The evening of the pickup, FFA members fanned out and collected
sacks of food from front porches. The students took the items back
to the high school, where they were sorted, counted and boxed for
delivery to the pantry.
Mrs. Pech's husband delivered pizza and soda for supper Thursday
[By MARLA BLAIR]