Students place cans in a shopping cart outside a classroom

Seniors Sydney Robinson and Savanah Wiese collect food items for the annual NHS food drive. Photo by Gabrielle Arnold of The Hi-Lights staff

Hi-Lights: NHS collects food, items for the holidays

Posted January 15, 2018

NOTE: This article appeared in the December 2017 edition of the Plymouth High School newspaper, Hi-Lights. Look for a copy in the high school office.

By Gabrielle Arnold
of The Hi-Lights staff

During the holidays, some families begin to struggle with maintaining a stable income; through this struggle the Plymouth Food Pantry is there, keeping people’s plates full.

The PHS NHS runs an annual food drive in order to help the Food Pantry and Safe Harbor, an organization that aids those who have gone through domestic violence, in an effort to keep people from holiday hunger.

The Plymouth Food Drive went from Dec. 11 to 18, but the planning of the event goes beyond that. At the end of last school year, NHS members elected senior members, and each officer picked a certain project to do during the mid-year; this year senior Ellie Welsch was picked to lead the PHS food drive, and for the previous month she began to assemble her committee and organize the event.

“It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be because there’s so many different things you have to keep track of. It really helped me to delegate things – [senior] Lexi Anderson helped me out with a lot. She took on tallies and all, which was nice because I didn’t really have to think about it. Otherwise, I had to take on the assembly, the cart pushing, and I had to get a lot of volunteers,” Ellie said.

In addition to the volunteer help, looking back at past NHS experiences aided Ellie through this challenge. “It was really nice because [math teacher and NHS adviser Jack] Daniels has done this so many times before, and he has everything set up how it’s supposed to be. You get a lot of examples from the years before,” she said.

Taking on the responsibility of advising students of NHS is enjoyable for Mr. Daniels. “It’s kind of fun and exciting to see the ideas that they come up with for the assembly, the ideas they come up with for the incentives, the people bringing in food. It’s nice to see students to think beyond themselves and think about how they can help other people,” he said.

NHS members go around the school and collect the food items from each period one classroom. The 11,045 items collected resulted in earning the following incentives: a tree decorating game at 1,000 items, vice principal Andy Novak performing a rap for the school at 2,000 items, senior boys and girls competing in a dance-off at 3,500 items, gym teachers Dan Knaus and Todd Goodman competing in a badminton game at 5,000 items, teachers competing in a lip sync battle at 6,000 items, and Mr. Daniels performing a gymnastic routine at 8,000 items.

“The Plymouth Food Pantry is an important organization we want to help out during the holiday season. We’ve had a lot of success in the past, and we just want to keep that going,” Mr. Daniels said. “I want to say a big thanks to the entire high school for getting involved, supporting the food drive, and supporting the causes of the Plymouth Food Pantry and Safe Harbor.”