CHS students collecting food for those in need

34_science024STOCKING FOR THE COMMUNITY  — Members of the CHS Science Club prepare food to be delivered to the Pondera Food Pantry. From the left is Steven Peters, Megan Breding and Sam Carroll.  Photo courtesy of Cassie Robertson

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

The Conrad High School Science Club is collecting food all year round for the Pondera Food Pantry.

Students are taking food Monday through Wednesday from 8-8:30 a.m. inside the front door of CHS across from the auditorium. Their efforts are to help those in need throughout the year and especially around the Holidays. This year alone, the Pondera Food Pantry gave out 190 food baskets on Thanksgiving.

The Science Club began collecting food in mid-October and had their first weigh in on Dec. 9. Their donation totaled 703 pounds.

The Golden West Church also donated $300 in CHS’s name and Town Pump matched that for a total of $600 donated from the Science Club.

Students in the Science Club are able to earn community service hours while working on this project. Other students throughout the school are earning incentives as well. Many are earning extra AR points in Literature and extra credit in their science classes with Steve Lockyer and Phil Springer. Lockyer is the teacher heading the project.

During the notorious Cat/Griz game, students were able to guess the final game score with their food donation. Cassie Robertson was the lucky winner and she received gift certificates for free pizza from Tom and Lauriena Yarger of Coaches Corner.

The faculty also participated in their own bets for the win and a donation of food placed a bet on their team for the win. With the Cats’ loss to the Griz, those who bet on the Cats bought pizza for all.

All those interested in donating to the Pondera Food Pantry through the Science Club students may do so by bringing in food during their collection hours or by sending food with any CHS student.

For more information call CHS at 278-3285.