Best Realty Group in North Ogden sponsors an annual food and garment drive to sup-port the local food bank in Weber County. The company offers cash prizes for the schools who generate the most donations. Best’s goal this year was to collect $100,000 in food and garments. Bates Elementary came in 4th place in the entire district, and will receive a $1,500 cash award for the school to use.
The Peer Leaders consisting of 5th and 6th graders along with Jill Ramage, a school counselor, and Monique Marsh, VISTA member, coordinated the food and clothing drive. Jill and Monique led the student volunteers in counting all of the items, which was quite a feat as there were a lot of items to count! The volunteers also had to separate and bag the clothing items and recount the food to go into the big bins donated by Best Realty, courtesy of the food bank.
Monique said, “Every morning, as children and parents came to drop off their items to donate I couldn't help but overhear the excitement in the children's voices when they would see the bins overflowing in the hallway! One day it was even difficult to get through the hall due to all the donations. The peer leaders had to work quickly to get them sorted and out of the way. The students, staff, and parents caught the vision of helping our community! Thanks Bates for all the support!”
Monique took pictures and documented the project throughout the process so that the next VISTA or another staff member at Bates can easily replicate the project next year - hopefully with the same success as this year!