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Olmsted & UHS Students Collect Over 2,300 Items For Thanksgiving Food Drive

Students across the district have been participating in projects that make a positive difference in our community. Several of those meaningful projects include a Thanksgiving Food Drive at Olmsted Elementary and Urbandale High School. 

Olmsted Elementary students, families, and staff collected nearly 1,000 food items to help support families in need over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Olmsted Power of U Character Council sorted the items in order to make Thanksgiving meals for 20 families, plus three bins of desserts. UCAN delivered the meals to families in time for Thanksgiving. 

Urbandale High School students in Marketing Education are expected to do 10 hours of community service to earn DMACC credit for the class. As a class, the 16 students decided they wanted to do something that would help others. They chose to organize a food drive at the high school throughout November. To promote the food drive, Marketing Education students created posters, maintained an Instagram account, and wrote an article for the school newsletter. All UHS students were encouraged to bring donations to their Connections classrooms every week. On Fridays, Marketing Education students counted items in each Connections class to see which class contributed the most that week. Marketing Education students kept all students informed about which Connections classes were in first, second, and third place and provided a fun incentive for students to participate with first through third place Connections classes earning two free pizzas donated by Casey’s. UHS students collected 1,165 food items, plus an additional 200 items that Mr. Moreno and others who attended the Turkey Trot collected, and delivered them to the Urbandale Food Pantry. 

Many thanks to Olmsted and UHS students, families, and staff who organized and contributed to such successful food drives. Your generosity, kindness, and compassion have a far-reaching impact in our community. Incredibly well-done! #UrbandalePride

UHS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Photo Credit: Todd Pettit and Amanda Odegaard