Lack of class rivalries leads to fewer donations to Blue Valley

Senior National Honor Society member Emily W., carries a box of food donations to be transported to Blue Valley from the Food Drive. Emily W. and fellow senior member Davianne C. were in charge of the NHS Food drive this year.

Becca M.

You may have encountered a headless horseman, a hot dog, a jester, or a zombie if you walked the halls at David City High School on Friday, Oct. 31. Not only did students and staff dress up for Halloween, but they also participated in the annual food drive and costume contest put on by the National Honor Society. Unfortunately, the turnout of this year’s food drive wasn’t as great as past years.

In order to wear a costume to school on Halloween, students and staff had to make a donation of at least $1 or bring a canned food item that would later be given to Blue Valley to help people in need throughout the community.

“As it goes into Thanksgiving and Christmas, now is a good time to try and rebuild those shelves and restock them for Blue Valley. Last year when we took it [the donations], we had over 400 items. Their shelves were empty at that point, and that was before the holidays even started,” NHS sponsor and English teacher Rob Scheffler said.

The winners of the costume contest were junior Matthew L. for the boys, seventh grader Daphne V. for the girls, and special education teacher Tiffany Heins for the teachers. Each received $5 cash for their efforts.

For having the highest donation, the senior class will be rewarded with a pizza party. Last year, the winning class was given a recess period, but Scheffler said it did not work out very well.

“This year we have food, and food always gets people. So we were hoping the pizza would encourage people to bring in more things and create a food war between classes,” Scheffler said.

Unfortunately, a food war did not develop as Scheffler had hoped, and this year’s donations were only about half as much as last year’s with about 200 cans and $40 donated.

“This year there was no major rivalries, just whoever wanted to dress up brought donations. There wasn’t really a competition,” senior Davianne C. said.

Regardless of the turnout, Blue Valley does appreciate donations of any size because everything helps. The organization was very appreciative of DCHS’s donation.

“If we don’t get food from donations, we have to order it, and that kind of takes away from the money we can use to help families in the community to keep their lights on, or heat on, and those kind of things,” said Kelsey Petersen, Family Community Services Coordinator at Blue Valley.

Blue Valley is always accepting donations in all sizes and forms. Petersen said that they always have generous donations from clubs, churches, and various individuals. Donations are especially helpful around the holiday seasons because Blue Valley helps anywhere from 15 to 30 families a month.

“Thank you for doubling the amount of help that we can give to the community and the people who need a little extra hand,” Petersen said.