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Students raise 50,000 pounds of food

ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) — As the holiday season heads their way, students in Itawamba County brace themselves for a little friendly competition.

"There's cans in everybody's classrooms and all over the hallway," Mantachie High student Mikayla Clouse said.

Friday marked the end of Itawamba County's Pack the Bus food drive.

Every year, each school in the county goes head-to-head, trying to collect as much food as they can.

"I mean we're just striving to do the best that we can do and collect as much as we can," Clouse said. "But, it would be nice to win."

This year, the reigning champs at Tremont Attendance Center took home the trophy again.

"It's really an indescribable feeling," Tremont student Audrey Yielding said. "We really just want to help anybody we can."

They collected almost 40 pounds per student.

Last year, Tremont Attendance Center collected more than 10,000 pounds of food.

This year, the school collected about 12,000 pounds.

"They're learning the feeling of giving and that boosts their character and it helps everyone in the county," MSU-Itawamba Extension Service County Director Romona Edge said.

The students at Tremont say that they continue to bring in so much food every year because they know some of their own classmates depend on food from local pantries.

"They see that, and they realize, they're helping classmates and the Fulton community as well," Tremont Attendance Center Assistant Principal Leanne Robinson said.

A second trophy was awarded this year.

It went to Itawamba Attendance Center.
 
Students there collected the most pounds of food.

All of the food collected will stay in Itawamba County.

It will be split between the West Side and Fulton food pantries.





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