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Gonzaga Prep students collect tons of donations during annual Thanksgiving food drive

the Inland Register

(From the December 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Gonzaga Preparatory High School’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, a 70+ year tradition, ended with the distribution of food on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Each of Prep’s 852 students collected 50-100 pounds of food.

Every homeroom was responsible for 3-8 families in addition to helping an emergency food bank/pantry.

Many students exceeded their goals, so the total food collected was about 100,000 pounds.

“This year we have received more requests to help feed families than ever before. We are very grateful for the tremendous support of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene community as Gonzaga Prep tries to do its part to help meet this need,” said Cindy Reopelle, Gonzaga Prep’s principal.

Gonzaga Preparatory School concluded the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Scarpelli gymnasium. After the Mass, Gonzaga Prep students went directly to distribute food and turkeys to 150 families.

In addition, students delivered donations to food banks, including: Second Harvest, the Spokane and Colville Native American Tribes, Morning Star Baptist Church, Mary Queen Parish, St. Margaret Shelter, St. Thomas More Parish, Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, Our Place, Guse Summit View Apartments, and families from Head Start Programs.

A team of 12 Gonzaga Prep students put months of time and energy into organizing, planning, and energizing the entire school. The annual food drive allows the Gonzaga Prep community, its students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, to put their faith and learning into direct and meaningful action.


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