Posted on December 12, 2011 at 10:38 AM
SPOKANE-- A local food bank will honor a group of high school students for their work to raise money for the homeless in the Inland Northwest.
It’s part of a campaign called Tackle Hunger.
The students from Mt. Spokane High School raised more than 1,500 in just one semester, all of which goes to the needy.
The students were surprised with the first place honor during a school assembly.
Five Spokane schools competed in the second annual Tackle Hunger Campaign that Second Harvest sponsors.
Students had to put together a marketing campaign to raise money for the non-profit. They decided to persuade teachers to wax their legs, and they sold small Tackle Hunger footballs and bracelets.
All of the schools combined raised enough money to provide more than 20,000 meals to needy families, but the students at Mt. Spokane led the pack. They were given a $2,000 scholarship for their hard work.
"It feels really good, especially this time of year with Christmas. This is a time when people need things, and I'm glad that we're able to provide meals and they don't have to worry about that," student Tyler Drumheller said.
“We’re helping a lot of people, and it was just a great experience. We know how many families we helped, and I think it's awesome for other people to see how much we helped," student Courtney Bray said.
The students say they are excited and surprised to win but admit that Mt. Spokane has a pretty competitive streak. They went into the competition to win.