Boxes upon boxes filled with cans for the Parker Task Force. Photo by Erica Grotts

Boxes upon boxes filled with cans for the Parker Task Force. Photo by Erica Grotts

Every year Chaparral comes together to help out the Parker community with an abundance of cans. It’s a school wide contribution of canned foods and monetary donations that are taken to the Parker Task Force. Chaparral’s canned food started on October 23rd and went through November 3rd, which was a fantastic week and a half. The previous years of the canned food drive has been very successful and this year was no different. Chaparral junior and Student Government member Noah Gerwinat shared that “[his] favorite part was being a part of Student Government, getting to pack the cans into boxes everyday, and seeing the enormous numbers of cans that classes were able to bring in. It was very fun and rewarding to fill an entire box and stack it up on the pile of countless cans.” For the 2017-18 school year, 13,996 cans were raised for the Parker Task Force, and $2,135.05 was raised for the Chap Fam Fund. Another Student Government member, junior Chloe Croissant said “Overall as a school we really came together for a great cause and that is all we can ever ask for!” Every non-perishable food item raised along with items like diapers, deodorant, and feminine products goes to those in need in the community with the approaching holiday season and Chaparral stepped up to deliver. Student body president and Student Government member Ally Swain said “[she] expects Chaparral to be as giving as it possibly can be so whatever the outcome it will be amazing.” If every year the amount of cans and money raised by Chaparral students continues to go up, there will be more people touched and families taken care of. Overall this was a great turnout for the canned food drive, with Chaparral being a part of something much bigger.

Story by Devon Williams and Erica Grotts

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