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FMS pod wins food drive, sees movie

Farragut Middle School Service League conducted a food drive campaign for Second Harvest Food Bank of Knoxville Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16.

Kami Hughes, promotions manager for The Pinnacle Stadium 18 at Turkey Creek, initially contacted Lauren Byrd, eighth-grade teacher and club sponsor. Hughes said her goal was to help the community while promoting the release of the film “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.”

It was agreed that the pod of students that had at least 95 percent participation in the project and the highest average number of cans/non-perishable food items per student would earn a field trip to see the movie followed by pizza and drinks. Only cost for students would be a small fee for bus transportation.

FMS Service League sponsors, Lauren Byrd and Mark Casteel, and club members coordinated the food drive. Club members recorded donations and stored items each morning during homeroom. The school collected slightly more than 15,000 items. Several parents said many local food stores sold out of certain canned items and Ramen noodles.

Top pods are:

• Sixth-grade Purple Pod with 4,226 items

• Eighth-grade Gold Pod with 3,143 items

• Eighth-grade Orange Pod with 2,398 items

• Seventh-grade Orange Pod with 1,464 items

• Seventh-grade Silver Pod with 1,445 items

Second Harvest picked up items Tuesday, Nov. 20, just in time for Thanksgiving. Coordina-tors there have expressed their deepest gratitude and appreciation for the immense generosity and enthusiasm shown by FMS students and families.


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