Rancho Cotate senior class wins fight against hunger
Rancho Cotate High School students and teachers have joined forces in the fight against hunger for their annual Canned Food Drive, which started Nov. 13 and ended today. 17,963 pounds of food were collected for donation to Rohnert Park’s local food bank, NOAH — Neighbors Organized Against Hunger.
The food bank, which has benefited from the school’s food drive for 25 years, recently reopened its Food Pantry across the street from RCHS after moving from its old location at Mountain Shadows Middle School in June.
“Rancho raises more food than any other Sonoma County high school’s canned food drive,” said Jessica Holman, adviser to the Associated Student Body at RCHS.
Last year, RCHS collected 13,000 pounds of food during the drive. They surpassed this year’s goal of 14,000 pounds by almost 4,000–a new record for the school.
By Thursday night, only half that amount had been counted and the freshmen class was leading the grade-level competition with 1,730 pounds. But this afternoon’s count tallied 7,349 pounds from the seniors–the winning class, which gave them the coveted spirit points that could lead to a school tailgate party at the end of the year.
Teachers were also motivated by the promise of a paid day off to the Homeroom that brought in the most cans. Ms. Crowley’s science class won with more than 6,500 pounds, de-throning Mrs. Mawhinney’s 4-year reign.
Rancho’s ASB Leadership class was in charge of the Canned Food Drive. Its students spent most of their time tallying each teacher’s haul of food, promoting the food drive, and carrying cans across the school to a spare room where they were stored.
Soon, NOAH will pick up and distribute the food to help those in need in the local community of Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove.
NOAH is located at 5443 Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park, across from RCHS. The Food Pantry is open from 4-6:00 p.m. Wednesdays. For more info go to NOAH on Facebook.