• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS celebrates Thanksgiving by feeding the hungry

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER Ryan Quarles applauded Woodford County High School students for their compassion in helping to feed less-fortunate families during the school’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive last Tuesday, Nov. 21. “I also want to challenge you to do something … over the holiday break to help those less-fortunate than you,” said Quarles. He encouraged students to donate their time to worthy causes in their community. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

MISS KENTUCKY Molly Matney and students had a good time during Woodford County High School’s annual turkey calling contest at its food drive assembly on Nov. 21. From left are Victor Lopez, Cheyenne Combs, Matney and Andrew Padgett. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Woodford County High School’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive fed over 250 less-fortunate families in their school community and replenished the shelves at the Food Pantry for Woodford County. WCHS Principal Rob Akers said the school’s Thanksgiving Food Drive Assembly came “on his first favorite day” of the school year “because this is the day that Woodford County High School feeds the whole county.” He described this annual Thanksgiving tradition as an opportunity to “wrap our arms around our fellow students and our community.” With the support of people in their community, WCHS students and teachers collected over 11,000 nonperishable food items and $4,500 in donations this year. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, the Thanksgiving assembly’s guest speaker, applauded WCHS students for their efforts and also reminded them of an unfortunate reality: one in six Kentuckians and one in five Kentucky school children suffer from food insecurity because they don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. Our students “all see the need,” said Spanish teacher Jessica Basanta. “We have very caring, good kids who want to help.” Less-fortunate WCHS families picked up bags filled with Thanksgiving groceries last Tuesday night. The Spanish Honor Society joined the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in organizing this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive at WCHS, Basanta said.

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