Jeffco Schools

Inaugural Cans Around the Campus nets more than 5,000 pounds of food

Schools donate to Arvada Community Food Bank and The Action Center in Jeffco

Posted 3/22/17

GOLDEN — The first joint food drive — Cans Around the Campus — put on by Jeffco Public Schools was a great success.

More than 5,000 pounds of can food was collected during the week-long event by nine Jeffco high schools: Arvada, Chatfield, …

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Jeffco Schools

Inaugural Cans Around the Campus nets more than 5,000 pounds of food

Schools donate to Arvada Community Food Bank and The Action Center in Jeffco

Posted

GOLDEN — The first joint food drive — Cans Around the Campus — put on by Jeffco Public Schools was a great success.

More than 5,000 pounds of can food was collected during the week-long event by nine Jeffco high schools: Arvada, Chatfield, Columbine, Dakota Ridge, Golden, Jefferson, Pomona, Ralston Valley and Wheat Ridge. All food was donated to the Arvada Community Food Bank and The Action Center in Jeffco.

“What a fantastic first year. I honestly didn’t know what to expect,” said Jon McVey, organizer of the event. “I would have been happy with a just a couple of schools involved and maybe we collect 50 pounds of food.”

Pomona raised the most food with a total of 1,852 pounds (1.22 pounds per student). Wheat Ridge finished second with 1,325 pounds (1.1 pounds per student) and Golden was third with 675 pounds.

“We had an idea of everyone just bring what they can, but then some of my students reached out to some elementary and middle schools,” Pomona social studies teacher Lindsay Secrest said. “It became a really big thing. Considering we did that all in one week, what would be do in a month?”

Teachers at Pomona actually raised $200 to donate that to the class that brought in the most food. The students from Secrest’s world history class brought in the most food. The class then donated the money between Pomona’s Lunch Fund, Pomona’s Wish Week and the Foothills Animal Shelter.

The Lunch Fund, started by Pomona’s former school resource officer Jim Glasmann that recently passed away, is available for any student at Pomona that is in need of a lunch.

“It shows how empathetic the kids are,” Secrest said. “I think it hit home for a lot of kids. A lot of our population struggles with food scarcity issues.”

Secrest is also the chair of Pomona’s Diversity Club that spearheaded the food drive. The Diversity Club was presented with a plaque by McVey on March 20

honoring Pomona for donating the most food during the inaugural Cans Around the Campus event.

“It is always important to help others as much as you can,” Pomona senior and Diversity Club member Jocelyn Perez said. “Hopefully it will grow. Hopefully more people will get involved and it will just get better from here on out.”

McVey hopes this is just a stepping off point Jeffco Public Schools’ Cans Around the Campus event moving forward.

“I have a big vision for the future of this event and that is having every Jeffco school involved and collecting over 500,000 pounds of food,” McVey said. “We teach our students to dream big, so why not?”

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