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Proviso West Key Club Collects 1,000 Pounds of Food

March 22, 2013 08:40 AM
Hillside, IL...Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicago area will be getting a great deal of extra food, thanks to the efforts of the Proviso West High School Key Club.

The club, through the Cook County Farm Bureau in Countryside, collected 1,025 pounds of canned and non-perishable food between January 4 and early February, according to Charles Jalove, a counselor at Proviso West and the club’s sponsor. He said that the approximately 40 students in the Key Club collected about one-fifth of the total amount of food collected in the Farm Bureau’s drive.

"It’s the kids," Mr. Jalove said. "They realized there are less fortunate people in the world. They try to help others by doing this."

Among the 1,025 pounds of food collected were canned food and juice boxes. One student brought in 17 boxes of ramen noodles, Jalove said. He also said that the collection was aided by contributions from the Kiwanis Club of Westchester and food left over from the Key Club’s Christmas Basketball Project in December.

Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West, commended the students for showing dedication in collecting the amount of food that they did.

"It takes great drive and determination to collect this much food," he said. "The students showed they care for others by working hard to contribute as much as they did to this drive."

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the food drive was a success for Proviso West and the school district as a whole.

"Students in District 209 have a tradition of helping others in need," she said. "These students showed that the tradition is ongoing and continuing to grow through their efforts."


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