As IKM-Manning Middle School students were asking friends and family for donated cans of food this fall, they had an extra incentive to gather as many nonperishable items as possible:
“Sliming” their principal and superintendent.
The middle-school student council sponsored the school’s “Cans-giving” food drive in November, during which students gathered nonperishable food items for two weeks to benefit the Manning Food Pantry.
They had early incentive with elementary and middle-school principal Sharon Whitson’s promise to let students “slime” her if they gathered 500 items.
Then IKM-Manning superintendent Trevor Miller upped the ante, agreeing to let students slime him as well if they brought in more than 1,000 items.
Their take at the end of the drive: 1,638 food items. A total of 700 cans were added in a final push on the last day of the drive.
The single class gathering the most items was Amy Rohe’s fifth-grade class, which contributed 397 items to the total and was awarded with a pizza party.
The sliming incentive pushed the food drive, which typically gathers between 400 and 500 food items, to a new level this year, organizers said.
For three years, the Manning Food Pantry — a product of the Manning-area C3 organization, promoting Christ, community and celebration, New Opportunities and volunteers from area churches — has served residents in the IKM-Manning School District communities. In 2016, it served 324 individuals in 184 households, and between January and August of this year, it served 277 people in 118 households.
Those needing assistance from the Manning Food Pantry can contact New Opportunities at 712-792-9266. New Opportunities also can provide information about how to support the food pantry. Donations can be sent to C3 at P.O. Box 251, Manning, IA 51455.
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