After a two-week school-wide effort to “Beat the Hunger,” Provo High students and staff came together to collect over 40,000 food items for our local food bank. The donations weighed in at more than 12 1/2 tons. Student government members challenged students to beat their state-wide record from last year of 16,000 cans. Teachers and students accepted the challenge by demolishing their previous record.
Students were motivated by a desire to help those in our own community who are without food this holiday season. Teachers encouraged students to support the cause in a variety of ways including pledging to do some crazy stunts at an assembly held on Friday, November 16. Mayor John Curtis even joined in on the fun by volunteering to become a human sundae.
Other antics included Mr. Rutter shaving Mr. Moore’s mustache, Mr. Schoonover kissing a goat, and teachers getting pies in the face, colors in their hair, and hot dogs stuffed in their mouths. Some passed through a “crazy car wash,” some showed off their dancing skills (or lack thereof), and others begged for money.
Mr. Ricci’s students collected the most cans, bringing in a total of 5,714. Mrs. Pierce’s classes came in 2nd with 3,103 cans, and Mr. Gent’s classes took 3rd place with 2,769 cans.
Thanks to all who helped organize the project, including Mr. Smith, our student body officers, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Lange, and Ashley Pritchett. A big thanks to the following businesses who donated food, money, and/or materials:
- Good Earth
- New York Deli
- Black Sheep Cafe
- Gloria’s Little Italy
- Lia’s Polynesian Market
- Deseret Book
- Lowes Xtreme Air Sports
- Two Jack’s Pizza
Finally, thanks to our PHS feeder schools who also collected cans to “Beat the Hunger”: Dixon Middle School, Amelia Earhart, Sunset View, and Westridge.