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By Kara Davidson
Gazette Reporter 

Jennings Food Drive, can races total 2,150 pounds


December 27, 2018

Brayden McNeilly, Cooper Phillips and Jon Schirripa

Jennings Principal Travis Howell looks on with, left to right, Brayden McNeilly, Cooper Phillips and Jon Schirripa.

Jennings elementary students collected 2,150 lbs of food for their annual food drive this year. The food bank requested more top ramen, cup o' noodle soup and cereal.

Cameron Cox poses front and center with classmates, Maryah Schirripa, Karly Rae Wigen, Liana Vanek, Tani Knox, Tyler Peterson, Trent Hennigar and Walter McGraw, with food bank truck driver Carol Larson standing behind on the food bank's delivery truck after emptying it.

They collected close to 3,000 items.

The food drive lasted a week. At the end of the drive, each student is allowed to participate in the can race which involves rolling cans down a ramp. The fastest cans in each grade compete in a final race on the last day of school before Christmas break. This year's race was Dec. 20.

If the same type of can wins consistently that can will be handicapped or banned the following years.

Soda pop cans which can spray everywhere when punctured, chicken broth, mandarin oranges and pineapple chunks/rings are banned.

"You never know what's going to be fastest," said counselor Christine Carney.

This year the student winner was Jon Schirripa with Chop Suey.

Administration winner was JES Principal Travis Howell, and the faculty winner was fourth grade teacher Jillian Poulson.

Jillian PoulsonJon SchirripaBrayden McNeilly, Cooper Phillips and Jon Schirripa


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