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BISD collects donations for Food Bank

Beaumont ISD students and staff collected items during their annual food drive to benefit the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

Amelia, Beaumont United, Bingman, Blanchette, Dishman, ECHS, Homer Drive, Jones-Clark, Lucas, Martin, Pathways, Pietzsch-MacArthur, Regina-Howell, Vincent and the BISD administration and annex buildings participated in the drive.

Campuses held friendly competitions to encourage donations. At Martin Elementary, each classroom rose to the challenge with Tamontria Moffett’s third grade class collecting 384 items and receiving a special treat for winning; overall, the campus donated 1,438 items.

“Focusing on others and their needs helps the students to develop empathy, compassion and a giving spirit towards mankind,” said Zandra Collins, Martin reading coach. “Giving back is a good way for children to learn about gratitude, to do something positive for the community and appreciate what they have compared to those less fortunate.”

Pathways Learning Center hosted a staff competition; June Fontenot collected the most items, followed by Robin Ceaser.

"The grand total donated was 4138 pounds which converts into 3448 meals," said Food Bank Coordinator Tamara Jarrell. "Thanks to BISD students, staff and parents, we have made a huge difference in so many lives."

“The Food Bank appreciates BISD for helping make this year's food drive such a big success,” said President/CEO, Dan Maher. “We are excited by all the goods the schools collected and humbled by the spirit of generosity we are seeing. It was outstanding work by all involved.”

Curtis, Marshall, Taylor and West Brook also held food drives to donate to Some Other Place. BISD is grateful for the outpouring of generosity of all campuses that gave during this season.