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Spring Valley Elementary’s principal and two other staffers are headed for the roof of the school to spend the night on December 20----if students can meet a canned goods drive goal of 500 pounds of food.

Students and staff at Spring Valley are well aware of how joyous the holidays can be.  They also know that in the midst of the celebrations and the family fun it is easy to forget about those with needs, and many families in the Raytown community have real needs.  The goal of the food drive is to support those families.

“What we love about our school family is how giving the students really are.  Our kids show every day what it means to value people and to care for others,” Principal Greg Owen said.

The non-perishable food drive will begin on December 13 and run daily through December 17.  Items can be taken to the front hallway of the school, and each day, 5th grade students will weigh the food and plot the progress on a “Pounds Collected” poster. As an additional element, all fifth graders will be plotting the progress on graphs, making predictions, and studying the results.   All other classrooms will keep a class donation total posted.  Everything collected will be donated to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, ensuring distribution to school district families. 

Owen will be joined by Mark Hoskins, Interventionist, and Laura Girard, Physical Education teacher if the school reaches the 500 pound goal and will be on the roof by dismissal time so that all parents and students get to see them.  And just to make it a bit more interesting, for each additional 100 pounds of food collected, one additional Spring Valley staff member will head to the roof for the overnight.

“My goal is to see my whole staff spend the night on the roof because of all the donations we made,” Owen said.