Valley Grove gifted students collect 1,888 items for food drive

Rocky Grove High School freshmen Sarah Plumer (left) and Abby Williams sort donated food for the canned and packaged food drive that was the collaborative effort of the gifted programs of the elementary and upper level grades in Valley Grove School District. (Submitted photo)
From staff reports

Students in the Valley Grove School District gifted programs participated in a food drive to benefit Family Service and Children’s Aid Society.

Rocky Grove High School students, under the direction of teacher Jacki Keller, organized the drive, and students in Valley Grove Elementary School, directed by librarian Jayanne Stahlman, collected the food.

Competition helped keep the elementary grades fully involved, and instead of the projected 800 to 1,000 items that the students hoped to collect, the elementary students brought in 1,888 food items.

Timothy Hart’s fourth grade and Ryan Umbenhaur’s first grade were the two classroom winners in the contest to bring in the most food items.

Freshmen Sarah Plumer and Abby Williams worked hard to help the elementary students collect and tabulate the donations, said special education supervisor Amber Nolan-Johnston.

The food will be donated to Family Service and Children’s Aid Society of Venango County for the new PPC shelter that is under construction in Franklin.