Schools team up to take on hunger

Published 02/25 2014 06:48PM

Updated 02/25 2014 08:19PM

Schools are teaming up to take on hunger in the Dothan community.


Every Dothan city school will be participating in a local canned food drive. The schools will be competing against each other to raise the most amount of cans to win prizes.


The development director of the Wiregrass Food Bank, Julie Gonzalez, said she is excited to be partnering up with the school district.


"Everybody who participants in this food drive, this project will benefit. The students individually, the schools, the food bank, we all benefit when we work together. We learn these great partnerships and we make these connections in the community to help take care of the community, because you never know when you're going to be the next one who is hungry and might need help,” said Gonzalez.


After the food has been collected the students will begin building structures from the cans. The students are limited to using paper to cover the cans, but no glue or tape is allowed in construction.


"There are so many community partners involved in this but it's about the students coming in, doing something they've already done with the food collection and going to the next level with it. Taking it to the next level by creating these structures,” said Tami Culver, president of the Dothan education foundation.


The students have three weeks to plan, design and build their structures. Then they will assemble their final design to be judged on March 10th at the Wiregrass Commons Mall.


"If you do not have a student in Dothan city schools and you would like to donate check out your neighborhood school. You can always donate food at the neighborhood school or to the Wiregrass United Way Food Bank,” said Culver.


The designs will be on display at the Wiregrass Commons Mall March 10-24.

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