DISD Stuff the Bus Food Drive a success with 25,000 items and $5,700 in donations
Families in the Dickinson Independent School District will benefit this upcoming holiday season from more than 25,000 items of non-perishable food and other products plus an additional $5,700 donated to the M.I. Lewis Social Service Center Food Pantry Nov. 14 as part of the school district's annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive.
M.I. Lewis serves families throughout Dickinson ISD, so the donations stay local to help DISD students and their families in need. Through a relationship with the Houston Food Bank, M.I. Lewis can use the monetary donations to purchase up to $10 worth of food for every $1 donated allowing the food pantry to purchase around $50,000 worth of food from this year's donation. The monetary donations also give the food pantry funds to purchase perishable items like meat that can't be donated in the district's food drive.
Dickinson ISD campuses have a friendly competition each year to see which campus can collect the most items based on how many students attend the campus. This year, first place goes to Calder Road Elementary, followed by Bay Colony Elementary in second place and Dunbar Middle School in third place.
Congratulations to all campuses on their efforts to give back to our community. Here is a breakdown of campus totals and the top class at each school.
- Bay Colony Elementary - 4,344 items and $118
Sheryl Gehman's first grade class - 411 items
- Calder Road Elementary - 5,628 items and $517
Tie between Kristen Gregory's kindergarten class and
Amy Link's first grade class - each with 1,144 items
- Hughes Road Elementary - 1,507 items and $925.10
Jan McKinney's second grade class - 1,045 items
- K.E. Little Elementary - 493 items and $637.06
Michael Eames' fourth grade class - 308 items
- San Leon Elementary - 1,446 items and $220
Shari Maierson's second grade class - 222 items
- Silbernagel Elementary - 1,614 items and $75
Janette Magdaleno's second grade class - 237 items
- Barber Middle School - 1,019 items and $580.65
Misty Coyle-Jacobs' homeroom class - 287 items
- Dunbar Middle School - 3,090 items and $460.94
Virginia Bryan's homeroom class - 809 items
- McAdams Junior High - 2,838 items and $548.20
Girls Athletics classes
(Coaches Kara Cass, Julie Dunnehoo and Erin Fulcher) -
- Dickinson High School - approx. 2,500 items and $90.56
- DALC - $90
- DCC - $500
- Education Support Center - $965
- Transportation Department - several hundred items
Photo 1: Analise Nixon, a Calder Road Elementary first grader, got creative to help her school collect the most items in the district. With the help of her parents and grandma, she went around her neighborhood collecting food from neighbors for Stuff the Bus. She is shown with her dad, Truman Nixon, and her teacher, Tiffany Pool, with some of the 600 items she collected.
Photo 2: Special thanks to the Dickinson High School Junior Air Force ROTC for helping pick up food donations at the campuses at the end of the Dickinson ISD Stuff the Bus Food Drive.