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Students and Staff Gather Food Donations

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many local organizations are working hard to make sure families have a plate of food for the holidays.

Several Beaumont ISD schools gathered donations for the Southeast Texas Food Bank. “We were excited to receive 5839 pounds of food, which provides over 4300 meals,” said Food Drive Coordinator Tamara Jarrel. 

Beaumont United, Early College High School, Homer Drive, Jones-Clark, Martin, Pathways, Pietzsch-MacArthur and Regina-Howell, along with the administration buildings, participated in the District Food Drive. 

Several campus honor societies sponsored the event. “Our students collected, organized and packed the 752 donations,” said Regina-Howell counselor Jackie Martinson. “They did great with their first group project.” Pietzsch-MacArthur Assistant Principal Vanessa Bennett reported that group collected 815 non-perishable food items. 

“Staff and students contributed to the food drive,” said Pathways teacher Jada Jefferson. “Everyone was so helpful and came together to make this Thanksgiving food drive a success.”

Curtis, Marshall, Taylor and West Brook hosted food drives to benefit Some Other Place. Taylor provided 850 pounds of non-perishable items. “Last year we collected 4,130 pounds and this year our total was 10,827,” said West Brook teacher Lori Abel. “Some Other Place is over the moon excited with the amount we collected. It truly warms my heart knowing that our students came through this year in such a huge way. Hundreds of families will now have food items during Thanksgiving.” 

The Guess student council hosted their own food drive to benefit campus families that needed assistance for the holidays. Charlton-Pollard did their own drive as well for the Southeast Texas Food Bank. 

“The staff, teachers, student body and parents did an amazing job and I want them all to really understand what an impact this donation makes,” said Jarrel. “We truly are blessed and just could not do, what we do, without generous hearts such as the BISD family.”