Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Good News: Food donations sought
St. Xavier High School is chasing a high school football championship and 1 million pounds of canned food at the same time.
While the St. Xavier Bombers prepare to face Cleveland St. Ignatius for the state Division I high school championship Saturday, other students have launched their annual Advent Canned Food Drive to collect 500 tons of canned food to be distributed to the needy.
They have their priorities in order, said Joyce Choquette, community service coordinator. They will go to the game Saturday and will start going door-to-door in different neighborhoods to make collections on Sunday.
About 1,000 of the school's 1,400 students participate in the food drive each year.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, the students will gather at the school, 600 North Bend Road, Finneytown. After refreshments, students and a faculty member will canvass neighborhoods from noon to 4 p.m., collecting canned food and monetary donations.
They will return to the school at 4 p.m. to turn in and weigh the canned food on the loading dock on the east side of the school. They will go door-to-door again on Dec. 9.
The canned food will be packed on Dec. 14. On Dec. 15 they will distribute the canned food to 15 social service agencies in Greater Cincinnati, and three in Appalachian communities: Lancaster and Monticello in Kentucky, and Ivanhoe in Virginia.
The Advent Canned Food Drive was started 75 years ago. Over the years it has grown to become an annual event. This year, food will be distributed to about 400 families.
For more information, call 761-7815, Ext. 526.
The 100 students with mental retardation and developmental disabilities at the Margaret B. Rost School, 5858 Bridgetown Road, Bridgetown, will get a specially made bicycle to be used in physical therapy classes
The Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council donated $500 to the school last week.
Gregg Lindle, adapted physical education instructor, said most of the bicycles at the school are more than 15 years old.
We will put this money to good use, he said.
He said students use the bicycles to strengthen muscles and coordination.
The bicycle has specially made lap and shoulder belts and handles that are extended in case a teacher has to pull it, said Jenny Dexter, director of community relations.
The students from inner-city schools who saw a premiere performance of The Adventures of Pinocchio will have their artwork displayed at the Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, during the play's run, Dec. 5-30.
The students were given a special paper and asked to write What Is Truth?
Allen Howard's Some Good News column runs Monday-Friday and Sundays. If you have suggestions for this column, let him know at 768-8362; at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax at 768-8340.
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