Two rival schools in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District joined forces to help stock the shelves at the Windsor Food Pantry and Weld Food Bank, the perfect time to help any flood victims who may need assistance.
Windsor Middle School and Severance Middle School put on a flood relief food drive starting with the big football game at Severance on Sept. 19, and the two schools collected nonperishable food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other items in their hallways throughout the past week.
Half of the items will be split between the food pantry and the food bank. The items collected will be delivered this week.
“We thought it would be a great way for our kids to be able to give back,” Windsor Middle School Principal Eric Johnson said. “Many of our kids probably weren’t directly impacted, but may know someone who was. There may be some kids who were. I know there were some teachers at the high school, specifically, and in our building who have been impacted.”
Johnson said the kids were excited about being able to give back to people who were in need of assistance.
“It’s probably one of the more tangible events that has hit close to home since the tornado five years ago, and many of our kids at that time were quite a bit younger,” Johnson said.
Johnson said it was nice to see the two schools hook up for the drive, and both student council groups are assisting in the effort.
“Albeit there is an innate rivalry that we have and they’re our closest competitor, we’re two schools serving the same community and really have similar ideals in terms of how we want our kids to approach giving back to the community that’s very giving toward both of our buildings,” Johnson said. “After they spend the three years in our buildings, they’re going to be right back at the same place together again. It’s kinds of a neat thing we can do to combine efforts.”
Severance Middle School Principal Jay Tapia said the two middle schools try and give back to the community.
“Our community is so great in helping when we do fundraisers, they all come out in full force whether it’s the Hawk Fest or the carnival at Windsor Middle School,” Tapia said. “We always get huge support that way, so this is kind of our way of giving back. We talked about trying to do some more things with Windsor like this to where we can work together and keep our kids connected.”
Johnson said the food pantry and food bank have received so much support since the flooding.
“They said, especially the Weld Food Bank, the response had been so overwhelming, that they were hoping to have people do some stuff toward the holiday season in an effort to keep their supplies consistent throughout that time,” Johnson said. “We’re going to come back and really hammer it out with a big class competition and a schoolwide initiative probably closer to Thanksgiving.”
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Windsor Middle School principal