Recently a group Pequot Lakes High School Students led the charge in collecting thousands of items and hundreds of dollars for local food shelves.
Sophomore Angela Gudahl was one of the students who coordinated the food drive. She said that she and fellow students were inspired to hold the drive after attending We Day, an event the group attended on Oct. 8 in the Twin Cities. The event focused on empowering young people and focusing on the “we” rather than the “me”
We Day inspired the club to hold the food drive, called “We Scare Hunger,” fitting with the Halloween season.
Gudahl said that after attending We Day, she and several other students started We Club. Any student can join, she said.
We Club members visited with every high school and middle school teacher to make them aware of the food drive, and students also traveled to Eagle View Elementary, Gudahl said.
“I think we wanted to step up in our community and give back,” Gudahl said.
“There’s hunger right under our noses,” another student said.
The food drive was organized in just a week and lasted a week and a half. Middle level and high school students brought in 749 pounds of food and $639.41 in cash donations.
At Eagle View, students were motivated by principal Dave Endicott’s offer to sleep in the school’s clock tower if students brought in 3,000 items.
Any can or box of food, along with each dollar, counted as an item. Endicott said students brought in more than 2,700 items.
Items from the middle level and high school will go to the Crosslake Food Shelf; items from Eagle View will go to the Lakes Area Food Shelf.
High School teacher Abbie Schramm said the food drive was completely organized by students.
“Our attendance at We Day was motivational for them and they are taking the ideas at a sprint,” Schramm said in an email. She added that she’s looking forward to seeing what future projects the club takes on.