Schools across the Killeen Independent School District are wrapping up drives to support food pantries across the area, mixing lessons of compassion with acts of service.

At Nolanville Elementary School, members of the Student Council spread out last week among 54 packed cardboard boxes in the school’s front hallway.

Each box was packed with canned goods and other nonperishable food items set for pickup in KISD’s Fill-A-Bus drive that supports the annual Food for Families community drive.

Student leaders used posters and announcements on the school’s in-house NES-TV station to drum up support.

Two staff members got into the act playing characters “Captain Canned Good” and the “Hunger Villain” during televised announcements.

The result was 1,850 donated food items.

“I was amazed by the total, but I really shouldn’t be,” said fourth-grade teacher Sarah Hardin, a student council advisor. “Kids here are wonderful. There is a great giving feeling at this school.”

Union Grove Middle School donated 644 pounds of food for the same Food for Families drive and Harker Heights Elementary School collected about 1,000 items to the drive.

Eastern Hills Middle School Builders Club members delivered about 18 boxes of donated food and worked alongside soldier volunteers on the culminating day of the drive at the Killeen Special Events Center on Nov. 22.

Helping HARP

In a separate effort, Skipcha Elementary School collected more than 1,600 food items this year to support KISD’s Homeless Awareness Response Program.

The school’s student council delivered a busload of nonperishable food items for the KISD Food Closet. Students and staff worked together to move the boxes of goods from their bus into the school district administration building in Killeen that houses the HARP office and Food Closet.

Once inside, students sorted the hundreds of items before moving them onto the shelves.

“I’ve heard them say ‘this was hard work, but it was fun,’” said Amy Alexander, Skipcha counselor and Student Council adviser.

“I think they understand the meaning and have grasped the idea that there are homeless kids in Killeen.”

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