Emery and Carbon High Schools compete in food drive for hungry
|The Sophomore class with spokesman Tiffany Tuttle encourages the students to bring in food for the food drive.|
Emery High challenged Carbon High to see who could gather the most food for a food drive for the local food bank. Emery High is always up for a good challenge whether on the sports courts or in the grocery store.
To incite some enthusiasm in the students and possibly some wrath, a pep rally of sorts was held at the school.
The pathetic piles of food were shown to the students, they were asked to do better. Advisor Neal Peacock asked a hungry person to plead for food. She pleaded and voiced how hungry she was and asked students to bring food in.
Peacock encouraged the students to raid their parents cupboards to bring in food for the drive. The seniors were leading at mid-week with the Sophomores, not far behind and the Juniors bringing up the rear of the food drive attempt.
Peacock said a trophy has been purchased to go to the school which collects the most food. Each year something will be added to the trophy and it will become an annual event between the two schools. Peacock reported he had seen the Carbon food total and Emery was way behind. The students were encouraged to come alive and surpass the Carbon effort.
The winners of the class challenge will get into the Deck the Halls dance on Dec. 20 for free. There is also a competition between class periods and the winner will receive a doughnut and cocoa party. The deadline will be Friday at 3 p.m. at which time all food must weigh in for the final totals.
|Dory Peacock weighs the food brought in by the students. The Juniors are the big winners.|
After this information was given, Peacock played his final card in getting the students involved and interested in the food gathering project. He introduced teacher Lee Moss who recently was in Carbon High and saw some interesting sights.
Moss said, at Carbon they prepared two thermometers to show the food totals they were raising. Carbon's thermometer was shiny and bright and filled to the brim with food overflowing. The Emery thermometer was bare and empty, bone dry with no sign of food in sight. There were hats on the thermometer that said of all things, "Hicks" on them. There were signs that said hee-haw. And last but not least and worst than anyone could imagine were images of sheep upon the Emery thermometer. The sight of these sheep should be a call to arms in this high school food fight.
What might be so significant about the appearance of sheep in the Carbon propaganda? Well, Emery High studentbody President Kyle Holmes had a bit of explaining to do to the younger kids who weren't around for the giant sheep war with Carbon. Holmes said Carbon, a year or two back, had implied that Emery High students spent a lot of time with sheep.
Off the record here, a teacher who will remain nameless helped students prepare a poster for one of the Carbon and Emery games that said, "We've been to Carbon, we've seen your girls and we'll stick with our sheep." Of course, Mrs. Callahan had the good sense to have the sign removed before Carbon arrived at the gym. But, it was good for a laugh or two in the battle of the silence of the lambs.
All kidding aside, Mrs. Callahan encouraged all the students to actively participate in the food drive. Hunger is a real problem for many people in the county. She asked all students to dig deep and give what they could to help the cause.
Final totals taken on Friday showed the Juniors the winners with 2,822 pounds of food. The Seniors collected 2,644 pounds and the Sophomores collected 1,225 pounds. Emery was victorious in beating Carbon. Emery collected 13.8 pounds of food per student and Carbon collected 8 pounds per student. Emery collected a grand total of 6,691 pounds of food for the food bank. JR Nelson's home room class was the winner on the home room class challenge with 1,461 pounds of food.