By LESLIE HUENKE
Students of the Wentzville School District held turkey drives before Thanksgiving. For the ninth consecutive year, Holt High students collected the most turkeys in the Wentzville School District with additional help from Wentzville Middle families. Students set a new record and collected 716 turkeys – the most turkeys collected among the St. Charles County high schools. Timberland students collected 196 turkeys with the help of South Middle families, and Liberty High School students collected 68 turkeys.
The turkeys collected went to No Hunger Holiday, a non-profit program that works to put food on the tables of families in need. The program was started in 1990 for St. Charles County families and has expanded to include Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery and St. Louis County.
“The turkey collection for No Hunger Holiday has become a wonderful service-learning tradition in the Wentzville School District,” Mary LaPak, chief communications officer for the Wentzville School District, said.
The organization will help feed 3,000 families this Thanksgiving. Nine years ago, No Hunger Holiday started promoting the competition among area high schools. On Nov. 20, over 2,600 turkeys were collected by students at local high schools.
For more information about No Hunger Holiday, visit www.nohungerholiday.com.