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Fill the Bus, an annual canned food drive held by the Coahoma Elementary School (CES) student council, netted 1,581 pounds of canned goods for the Isaiah 58 food pantry program in Big Spring.

“It is a wonderful learning experience for the kids that deliver the food because Isaiah 58 director Shawn Cooley gives the students a tour of the facility and explains to them how the system works and the importance of volunteers to keep the food pantry open,” said Brynn McJimsey, elementary student council sponsor. “Mr. Cooley said that the CES Fill the Bus food drive ??is one of the larger donations they receive during the holiday season, and they are grateful we have continued to donate each year.”

During the holiday season, food assistance pantries such as Isaiah 58, the Salvation Army and St. Paul de Vincent find their shelves falling bare to keep up with the demand.

For one day only, parents and donors drive up to the elementary parking lot in the early morning hours where students are there to receive the donations.For the first time, junior high school student council members participated this year and gathered donations on their own campus.

“Each elementary student that brings a donation gets their nose painted red like Rudolph for the day at school,” McJimsey said.

Then the students sort the canned goods, pack them up, load them on the bus and head to Isaiah 58.

“Once we arrive, Mr. Cooley gives the students a tour and explains how the system works for families in need,” McJimsey said. “He also talks about other donations the food assistance program receives along with the importance of volunteers. I appreciate Mr. Cooley for taking the time to explain the system to the students, so they have a better idea about what happens with their donation and how people are helped through Isaiah 58. After the tour, the students unload the items from the bus.”

The CES Student Council and junior high officers delivered the non-perishable items to the long-time food assistance program last week. The Fill the Bus food drive is overseen by CES teacher Brynn McJimsey.




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