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Whitnall's DECA Club Collects 31,000 Pounds of Food

And in doing so, the club won a SMART Board by donating the most food through the Hunger Task Force School Challenge.

Breaking a school record? Check. Winning a SMART Board? Check. Feeding the hungry? Check.

The Whitnall High School DECA Club managed to do all three during a recent Hunger Task Force School Challenge donation campaign.

The club, which set a goal to raise 30,000 pounds of food for the Hunger Task Force, collected 31,076 pounds, nearly three times as much as the runner-up’s total of 11,500 pounds.

In the process, the club won a an interactive whiteboard system for the school and will be the Hunger Task Force’s first inductee into its hall of fame, according to the Hunger Task Force website.

In her latest school newsletter, WHS principal Jackie Winter praised DECA students, parents, and the community for giving the time and resources necessary to meet the goal and congratulated DECA advisor Jeremy Joecks and the DECA club for winning the Hunger Task Force School Challenge.

“Perhaps more impressive than the SMART Board is the fact the students donated 31,000 pounds of food without knowing a single thing about the contest,” Winter wrote. “A great example of the giving community that exists here at WHS.”

Joecks and the DECA club are expected to be recognized at the Whitnall School Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

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