“We will kick off the competition at the Sept. 29’s Lakota East vs. Lakota West football game. The community will be invited to bring their donations to the game, with the drive continuing in our schools as it normally does through Oct. 25. The final collection points will be Oct. 27 at the last home games of the year with East vs. Mason and West vs. Hamilton,” said Miller.
“A (school) district-level ‘wager’ is in the works,” along with other details of the new charitable competition are still being worked out, said Miller.
Food donated will go to each school system’s community.
Peyton Gravely, director of fundraising for Reach Out Lakota, welcomed the idea.
“It’s amazing. It’s a win-win not only for Reach Out Lakota — and not only for the East versus West competition — but it will also help the Mason and Hamilton schools communities, which is a great thing,” said Gravely.
The annual food drive is the largest campaign to feed needy, area families each year, said Gravely.
Joni Copas, spokeswoman for the 10,000-student Hamilton Schools, said, “the Hamilton school district is proud that our students show compassion to help those in need.”
“We know that food drives benefit families in all communities and we are happy to participate in this food drive campaign at the Lakota West versus Hamilton High School football game,” said Copas.