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By Kathryn Jacewicz
Students at Shallotte Middle School topped the record they set last year while collecting cans and non-perishable food items for the Seaside United Methodist Church food pantry and Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA).
Students collected more than 5,500 cans and $760 in cash and donations. A $500 donation was made to BFA, and a $260 donation was made to a Shallotte Middle School student whose house burned down and lost his mother during the blaze.
Turkey Trot sponsor Holly Borden said about 700 of the school’s 900 students participated, and this year brought in the most donations in the program’s history.
Students who collected cans and cash were allowed to participate in the seventh annual Turkey Trot, a two-mile road race, on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
The boy and girl winner from each grade received certificates. The eighth-grade winners were Scottie Melvin and Cassidy Ring; seventh-grade winners were Noe Gomez and Adrienne Tribble; and sixth-grade winners were Campbell Alspaugh and Laura Doherty.
Students not wanting to race were given time after the race to walk around the school and enjoy time outdoors.
Borden said the current state of the economy has helped students realize the need across the nation and also in the community. Classes have also discussed Brunswick Family Assistance’s shortage of food and funds, and have discussed how it cannot operate during its normal hours due to a shortage.
“If they’re closing down, that means they’re in desperate need,” Borden said. “They’re more aware of what’s going on in the outer world, and they’re able to make that connection.”
Borden said the name of Shallotte Middle School might carry a negative perception throughout the county, but students help to dispel it due to their continuous generosity.
“They are the most giving school I have ever been at,” she said. “I want people to know how wonderful they are.”
KATHRYN JACEWICZ is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at email@example.com.