The celebration of what was described as a banner year for the annual ERA Boardwalk Community Food Drive was held yesterday. Students from local schools gathered at Gillette's Council of Community Services for lunch and an award ceremony. This past holiday season students from about 15 area schools collected 63,739 cans of food to benefit underprivlidged people in the community.
In the catogory of secondary schools, students from Campbell County High School were praised for contributing over 10,000 cans of food. For rural schools, Little Powder Elementary Students shined by collecting over 4,300 cans of food for needy families. With a student body of only 25 students, the Little Powder Elementary students averaged about 174 cans per student. Another one of the smaller schools to record a fine showing was John Paul II Catholic School. Competing against a number of other elementary schools that have between 300 and 450 students, the 123 students at JP2 were able to donate over 9,700 cans to record the highest total of any participating elementary school.
Representatives from ERA Boardwalk thanked every student who participated in the drive for their hard work, as every donation bin no matter the size, helped needy families in the community have a happy Holiday season. The Basin Radio Network is a proud contributing sponsor of the community food drive.