More than 12,000 cans, food items donated by Union City Schools students, staff

UNION CITY, Tenn. (KBSI) – Union City Schools students and staff donated more than 12,000 cans and non-perishable food items to a pair of charitable organizations that will feed and provide assistance to those in need during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

The widespread acts of kindness from the Purple and Gold Nation has become a tradition for UC Schools in helping the less fortunate in and around holiday time.

The food items will be divided equally between the Obion County Ministerial Association and Chimes for Charity.

The OCMS will orchestrate the annual “Feeding of the 5,000” grocery distribution and Thanksgiving Soul Food Café meal. It was incorporated in recent years by the Refuge Church. Both events will be at the Obion County Fairgrounds.

The Union City Jaycees and J’cettes will spearhead the 88th annual Chimes for Charity food basket program. Those baskets, which help those in need living in Obion County, will be delivered on Christmas Eve morning.

Students on all three UC School campuses contributed to the food collected for this year’s distribution.

At UC Elementary, students and staff donated nearly 8,800 items. As part of the annual Turkey Trot and Pacer (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) Run, students collected food items based on the number of laps they ran or walked in the gymnasium during PE classes.

There were class and individual competitions in each grade. Winning classes earned pizza parties. The top individuals in each class earned medals. The girl and boy who produced the most food items will be rewarded with trophies.

Emilee Lucas’ 1st Grade class had the most items donated of any class with 665.

The winning classes and their teachers include:

  • PreK – Kursten Orsborne
  • Kindergarten – Kristian Davis
  • 1st Grade – Emilee Lucas
  • 2nd Grade – Karen Fields
  • 3rd Grade – Randi Lynn Moore
  • 4th Grade – Mallory Powers

The Jr. Beta Club at Union City Middle School organized the competition between all four grade levels on that campus.

There were more than 2,500 items donated, with 6th graders producing the most with 829. Fifth-grade students collectively brought 796 items.

Nearly 1,000 canned items were collected by students at Union City High School.

The Key Club spearheaded the project. The Art Club pitched in to make signs advertising the event.

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