Martin Luther King service project AT G-AHS benefits food pantries

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Civics students Carlos Ruilowa, Shelby Arnold and Brittany Lane collected food at the home game.

Greencastle-Antrim High School students collected 15 boxes of food during a recent home basketball game against James Buchanan High School, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The canned goods and other non-perishable food items were delivered to two local food organizations – the Greencastle and St. Thomas food pantries. Spectators who brought canned food items received $1 off the price of admission to the middle school and high school basketball games on January 20.

G-A teachers, civics students and community members donated 200 food items during the week. This year’s third annual MLK food drive exceeded last year’s collection.

“We were really pleased with the response we got, not only from G-A fans but from the James Buchanan community,” commented senior Zaira Gomez, who helped organize the project.  The service project was sponsored by the National Honor Society and a student committee known as “STARS” (Students and Teachers Achieving Results through Service).

The student committee, comprised of Katy Buchanan, Jenna Callis, Nathan Hykes, Casey Zarger, Zach Rozes and Abigail Byers, also organized a reflection writing activity during all lunches on Martin Luther King Day.  Students were asked what Dr. King stood for, what they were willing to take a stand for and their opinion on whether or not we have achieved Dr. King’s “dreams.” Student responses are featured in a showcase outside the high school’s auditorium.