Members of the Augusta cross country team recently undertook a community service project. The team, with the support of the athletic department, held a food drive to benefit the citizens of Augusta.
Approximately 700 non-perishable items were donated. Proceeds from the food drive benefited the local food bank in Augusta. The Augusta Ministerial Food Bank is housed at the Presbyterian Church on 4th Street. Members of the team were responsible for collecting items from the classrooms, tabulating what had been donated, and helping deliver the items to the food bank.
The athletic department sponsored a school-wide contest to see which grade could bring in the most items. Ms. Flack’s 5th grade class brought in the most, donating over 150 items.
A portion of the collections were also withheld for a new blessing box coming to Augusta, much like what has been established in Maysville and Brooksville. The Helping Hands box was built and designed as a community service project by Mrs. Bach’s 4th grade class at Augusta Independent. The four boxes of food withheld from the food drive should initially stock the blessing box and hopefully get it through the holiday season. Once established, the community is encouraged to begin to stock the box with canned or non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, or seasonal need items such as gloves and scarves.