In the ramp-up to the annual Crosstown Challenge between Oswego High School and Oswego East High School on Friday, Oswego School District 308 involved the entire district in the competitive spirit, with the fifth annual food drive to support the Kendall County Community Food Pantry.
As part of the competition, OSD 308 staff members, teachers and students gathered at Allied First Bank on Saturday, to hold the first Community Collection Day Celebration, for the community to engage in the annual food drive and support their schools.
According to Director of Communications and Public Relations Theresa Komitas, by the end of the day a total of 1,595 items were donated – including a 500-item bonus from Allied First Bank that went to Churchill Elementary School, as they had collected the most items by the end of the day.
“It’s wonderful. When the community gets plugged into what we’re doing at the food pantry, it helps everybody,” Food Pantry Board Chair Greg Witek said.
In 2017, about 126,000 items were donated to the food pantry by the end of the drive, but according to Komitas and Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin, the goal this year is to exceed 200,000 items.
“Every year, through the five years, it’s gotten bigger,” Sparlin said. “From these totals we’re seeing today, I can see that the kids, families and community are coming together very well for the event.”
While the district-wide donation ended Oct. 3, at the Crosstown Challenge game on Friday night, attendees will receive a raffle ticket for each can of food they bring to the game, with the donations credited to either OHS or OEHS.
Raffles for a variety of prizes will be held throughout the varsity football game on Friday.