Monday, September 25, through Friday, September 29, senior Emma Engelbrecht organized a food drive to help support the local food pantry. She heard how empty the food pantry was, so she organized a meeting with the officers of all the classes and clubs to find a solution to help out the food pantry.
There was a list of items that were really needed. These necessary items were worth 2 points when brought it; all less urgent items were worth 1 point. There were incentives to help motivate the students to contribute food. The students were told if they raised 500 points, Mr. Stutzman would shave his beard; at 1,000 points, Mr. Witthaus would dye his hair blonde; at 1,500 points, Mr. Pruessner would wax one of his legs; and at 2,000 points, Mr. A. Peirick would shave his head.
On Thursday, we reached 4,019 points, resulting in the incentives being fulfilled. The teachers involved were asked how they felt about the incentive they had to partake in.
Mr Stutzman replied, “I've had a goatee for about 12 years. It will be different without it, but it's for a good cause. I could not be prouder of our kids and our community for stepping up and meeting a need.”
Mr. Witthaus answered, “I'm just happy that we ended up with the amount of goods we did. I am totally fine with going blonde if it's for a good cause.”
“First, I'm really glad the canned food drive was so successful,” said Mr. Pruessner. “It was great to see all the students and community members supporting the food pantry. But I'm pretty nervous about having to wax my leg. Everyone keeps asking me if I have any idea of how much it's going to hurt but I really don't have a clue. Apparently it hurts a lot. I've never waxed anything before so I just hope that I don't mess something up and make it worse. It should be fun to watch for the students at least.”
Mr. Peirick answered, “I'm not real stoked about it. I am very proud of what our students were able to do in one week. Over 8,000 items for our community is incredible. They earned every bit of me shaving my head.”
Since we reached over 2,000 points on Thursday, another incentive was added to keep the students bringing in food. On Friday, the students were told if they raised 5,000 points, Mr. Hagedorn would shave his head, and they would get a barbecue lunch. The total amount of points by Friday was over 8,000. We don’t have a precise number because people brought in items after the final count on Friday.
“The only reason my wife said this was okay was because it was for a good cause,” said Mr. Hagedorn. “I was wanting to shave my head in the past, but she said that she'd rather I did not. She thought I would look weird and maybe scare the baby. There is a chance that I might keep the bald head if my wife likes it. I could do without the gray.”
Overall the food drive was a huge success, and New Haven High School was able to help out the food pantry.
Emma Engelbrecht was asked how she felt about the turnout of the food drive, and she answered, “The turnout was amazing! We were super excited to get over 2,000 but then to get 8,000 was just incredible! The amount of support we get from our community and students is amazing and we should be so grateful for that.”