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Lincoln students complete food drive
December 06, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen
Students from Lincoln Elementary School, along with their Adopt-a- School partner US Bank, recently completed their food drive. Included are Kelly Snelling, Makenna Culek, Libby Douville, Bianka Morales, Zoee Smith, Anthony Walker, Sydnee Brester, Logan Andrews, Brayden Pebley, Cherokee Gribble, Chris Snelling, Janeva O'Bannon, Aryez Cervantes, Autumn Elsen, Lola Sabala, Danyel Rein, George Schlothauer.

Students at Lincoln Elementary School, along with their Adopt-a-School partner US Bank, have collected 1,610 cans of food to help children in need.

Students collected food from Dec. 12 – 21. “It was amazing to see all the food coming in,” said Lincoln third grader and student council member Autumn Elsen.

“It was also neat to see all the food around the tree.”

The idea for the food drive came from US Bank to help stock the shelves of the Pup Pack and Cat Pack program, which packs backpacks of food to send home with children in need for the weekend.

“We put collection boxes in both US Bank branches,” said Tracy Steele, who coordinates the Pup Pack program for Gering.

“Employees and customers were happy to help out.”

Cherokee Gribble with the US Bank branch in Gering said this will help all the kids in community who are in need of food over the weekend.

“There’s a real need for this in the community,” Gribble said.

“Between Scottsbluff and Gering, we’re packing about 180 backpacks a week. If kids are hungry, it’s harder for them to concentrate on school, so we’re trying to do our part to help out.”

Gering’s Pup Pack program has been in existence for the past three years, while Scottsbluff’s Cat Pack program was organized four years ago. The program is through the Cooperative Ministries Council, which is their governing board.

“A lot of our employees wanted to do something to help others,” said Danyel Rein, with the Scottsbluff branch of US Bank. ‘This was a perfect opportunity to do that.”
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