Who knew corn and peas came with fun and competition? The annual CVHS canned food drive grows a breeding ground for friendly fire among teachers and classes.
Traditionally every November, the Leadership class collects non-perishable items and goods to go towards families in need during Thanksgiving. This year, the donations will be going to the CVHS Community Closet, CVUSD Community Closet, and Sunrise Village Shelter in Fremont.
From Nov. 1-19, fourth period classes fight to bring in the most pasta, mashed potatoes, beans, and more. The competition gets increasingly heated throughout the weeks, as a special prize, glory, and bragging rights are all at stake.
Psychology and Government teacher Carmelina Frasca encourages her students to help keep up her reputation as Canned Food Drive winner, and each year her fourth period brings in hundreds of cans. In fact in 2017, Frasca’s class collected 1259 cans, setting a school record which still stands today.
“We are going to help the community, which may even include students in our very own classes, as we do not know who specifically it is going to. We need to show generosity, kindness, and give back to those who have far less than us,” Frasca said.
Frasca shares that her coworkers have previously accused her of cheating, to which she responds, “I would never cheat because cheating means you are not really winning.”
American Sign Language teacher Amy Ryken surpassed Frasca’s class and took the victory two years ago in 2019. Ryken recognizes that although winning is great, “Either way we are winning by helping the community.”
Leadership students enjoy lending a helping hand during this event, finding it fulfilling.
“The Canned Food Drive really unites the student body. We all have one goal and that is to raise as many cans as we can to donate to those less fortunate,” said ASB Vice President Wandii Muinde. “Having all classes participate is really wholesome and to be a part of collecting them is really fun!”
While the competition is fun, students and staff can agree that overall, the gratification of helping others in need is the true prize at stake. You never know what faces among us at CVHS are going through, and that donated can of soup may serve as dinner for your classmate. During this time, it is important to show compassion, generosity, and goodwill.