Open hearts and pantries to feed the hungry
Children and teachers once again open hearts and pantries to feed the hungry
Posted on 12/05/2011
​Students and teachers in Floyd County Schools have once again opened their hearts and their cupboards to help those in need during the holidays. Schools within the Floyd County School System are traditionally some of the largest contributors of canned goods to the annual Salvation Army Can-A-Thon and also to Action Ministries in Rome. 

Model Middle School once again led all schools and organizations with 28,595 cans donated this year. Model began donating their collected cans to Action Ministries – Rome last year. The students also donated a check for $4,267.08 to help the organization feed the hungry in the Rome and Floyd County area. Alisha Holtzendorf, a teacher at Model Middle and the coordinator of the canned food drive, said the school was looking for a local charity to support and selected Action Ministries from local media reports of organizations in need. 

Pepperell Middle School was the largest contributor of cans to the annual Salvation Army drive sponsored across the state by 11Alive News in Atlanta. The faculty and students from Pepperell Middle delivered over 21,000 cans to the Salvation Army Can-a-thon at State Mutual Stadium last week. 

Students, teachers, and parent volunteers loaded buses and trucks with cans for the trip to State Mutual Stadium and to Action Ministries to make their donations. Students also volunteered to help the event organizers to unload the donated cans. Community service and volunteerism are part of a well-rounded instructional program in Floyd County Schools.