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Westwood Middle School leadership class raises food


John McCallum

The Westwood Middle School Wolverine Pride leadership class organized a school food drive that raised over 2,000 items for the Airway Heights Food Bank.

A little incentive can go a long way.

One incentive for Westwood Middle School students to take part in their second annual food drive, run by the Wolverine Pride leadership class, was that for every 10 items of food students brought in, they would receive a ticket to throw a whipped cream pie in the face of their favorite teacher, administrator or staff person. According to WMS Associated Student Body president Josh Brown however, a couple staff members made the incentive a little sweeter.

"One said at 1,500 (cans or boxes) he'd shave his head, and one said at 1,501, he'd get a stripe down the middle of his head," Brown said last Wednesday as the class loaded boxes and boxes of food into two pickup trucks.

Class advisor Emily Audet said they received a couple late items that put the classes total over 2,000, all of which was taken to the Airway Heights Food Bank that morning.

"Which was perfect," she added.

Audet credited the Wolverine Pride students with the drive's success, noting they were the ones who organized and ran the event. Audet has been involved both years, and was involved in the Cheney Middle School food drive for 4-5 years prior to the new middle school being built.

"We tried to keep it (food drive) focused on the fact that this is the way we show pride in our community," Audet said. "That's our (Westwood's) motto."

As for the two staff persons awaiting a drastically new hairstyle, custodian Gary Ware and seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Randy Elam will have to wait until a school assembly, Feb. 14, for that new look.

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