PRATT — Pratt High School Student Council members counted up more than 5,226 items of food as they tallied up donations made in the past two weeks to their sponsored community Drive to Thrive event.
"Drive to Thrive finished strong," said Erin Jackson, StuCo officer. "In the final week of the drive, we more than tripled our number of previous donations. I am very proud of the students and the community for making this year’s food drive a success."
The Pratt Community Food Bank received the donations from the drive on Monday. A traveling trophy for the business with the highest count for the Drive to Thrive will be presented to Doug Reh Chevrolet in the near future for its top contribution of 623 items.
Participating businesses in Pratt contributed a total of 1,882 items from their collection points.
Schools participating in the drive included all three USD 382 schools, Southwest Elementary, Liberty Middle School and Pratt High School, as well as Skyline USD 438 and Pratt Community College.
Skyline will receive the traveling trophy for the school with the highest count for its collection of 1,688 food items. The total for all schools participating was 3,344 items.
Many area businesses turned in their food item collections to be counted as a part of the Drive to Thrive. Student Council members were responsible for helping to collect, sort and count the items. Monetary donations were also received for the benefit of the local food bank.
Student Council Senior Class Secretary and Drive to Thrive co-chair Kylee Hopkins said it was amazing to see the community come together to support the food drive, which was different this year because of coronavirus safety restrictions.
"We are so thankful for all of the business and community members who participated in our efforts to make the community better,"Hopkins said.
Donated money in the amount of $531 cash was given to the Pratt County Food Bank for use in purchasing perishable food, such as hot dogs and ground beef. Food collected is now available at the Pratt County Food Bank, which is open from 7-8 p.m.Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Friday.