Almost 1,000 cans

Rachel Patterson Elementary School students, parents, staff and partners collected 978 canned and non-perishable food items during this year’s Christmas Canned Food Drive, the school’s third annual drive. The donated food weighs a total of 1,200 pounds (6 tons). Mrs. Emmons’s second-grade class collected 106 items to lead the way for the second straight year and win a pizza party. Mrs. Johnson’s second-grade class collected the second-most items, 98, and Mrs. Hughes’s first-grade class collected 84 items to claim third place. The runner-up and third-place classes were treated to a popsicle party.