On Friday January 19th, Mrs. Taylor’s Study Skills class had a day to make a connection. Sixth graders were paired with an adult at Ridgeview. Their goal was to learn something about the adult. Students had to introduce themselves and facilitate a conversation. They worked on life skills, such as handshakes, confidence, eye contact, listening, and most importantly making a connection with someone they do not speak to daily. Thank you to Ridgeview staff who were interviewed!
Every year Ridgeview High School Student Council organizes a Food Drive. This year our drive ran from November 17 to December 15th. All items that are collected are donated to the local Food Pantry of Colfax. This year we incorporated a friendly competition between Mentoring classes. Students brought in items to their Mentoring teacher and then on December 15th, grades 6-12 brought all their items and supplies to the HS Gym for a Winter Wondercan building competition.The top JH class was Mr. Ruiz’s class with a total of 440 items collected. The top HS class was Mrs. Schultz’s class with 393 items collected.
This year Cooksville and Colfax Fire Departments wanted to get involved and help with donations. Mr. Roger Clark helped Mrs. Schultz organize that. Each Fire Department donated 200 dollars each. Amazing! They went out and turned their donations into non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry. They dropped off their donations to the school and we used those items in our Winter Wondercan building. The HS office staff donated 200 non-perishable food items as well. All in all, our grand total of items collected was 3,112 items!! The HS Student Council volunteered their time and worked hard carrying all of those donations, during distribution after school on December 15th.
The Food Pantry of Colfax, wrote a Thank You letter to HS Student Council and our Community.
“Thank you. Two words that mean so much. The Ridgeview Food Pantry wants to say a huge thank you to our community. As you may know, the Food Pantry operates on donations. Your donations. We have been so blessed with a generous Community who give from the heart. We receive produce from local farmers. We get eggs every month from a couple who found out about the pantry and wanted to help. We get donations of cash from a local business. A couple in Cooksville brings us food every month. We get anonymous donations in the form of cash. One of the churches buys us hams for Christmas. The list goes on and on. Then comes the call from Mrs. Schultz from the school. The kids want to help.”
“My response was, “Sure, we can always use some extra canned goods!” Little did I know how much the kids had collected. The Fire Departments wanted to help too, so here I was expecting a couple of grocery bags. Well... It took us about four hours to put it all on the shelves. We are still putting things away. They had collected enough vegetables to last us 6 months! They also had peanut butter, cereal, canned meats, pasta sauce….and they collected it from you! Our generous, loving community who gave from your hearts, to feed your neighbors, a friend, or someone you have never met. That hasn't stopped you from giving. The song says there are Angels among us. I think they are right. I think it's you. Thank you!”
Thank you to everyone who donated, helped, volunteered, etc. Amazing things like this could not happen without the help of others. So, thank you for helping us, help others!