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Students donate to Sheriff's food bank

Posted: Dec 17, 2012 2:58 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2013 2:14 PM

Students from Parkway High School and Rusheon Middle School in Bossier City donated 3,000 canned goods and non-perishable food items to Operation Blessing Friday which will provide Christmas meals for needy families in Bossier Parish.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dave Hadden, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Parkway, challenged his ROTC cadets to support the food drive program managed by the Bossier Sheriff's Office. In just a few weeks, the students collected 1,700 cans and food items that will be boxed and delivered by deputies and Posse members next week to families in Bossier Parish.

Students from Rusheon Middle School donated a total of 1,333 canned goods Friday, following competition amongst the classes to see who could bring the most food. Sixth grade students from Charlene Cooper's science class collected 102 food items, the most of any class, and helped load the food items Friday. Judy Madden, principal of Rusheon, said their school has promoted Rachel's Challenge throughout the year, and support of Operation Blessing was one way they could do that. Rachel's Challenge is a program named after 17-year-old Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in April 1999, and promotes creating a positive change in schools, businesses, and communities by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Madden said this is the first year they've been so supportive of Operation Blessing and plans to do even more next year.

"These students are examples of the types of young people who learn early the importance of thinking of others," said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. "I am so proud of the students at Rusheon, Parkway and other schools in Bossier Parish who not only gave food items to support the needy in our area, but gave of their time, effort and heart."