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Central students prove dreams 'can' come true

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shelbyville Central High School students collected 28,166 cans in this year's Great Canned Food Drive themed "Dreams CAN Come True."
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Students at Shelbyville Central High School proved on Friday that dreams 'can' come true -- displaying 28,166 canned food items in a Disney-themed Great Canned Food Drive.

Drawings and posters of Disney characters were hung throughout the school during November to remind students to bring in canned and non-perishable items to help those in need during the holiday season.

Tradition continues

The drive is a school tradition that in the course of 30 years has collected more than a million cans for local food banks.

"We surpassed the total from last year," said Megan Parsons, student council advisor. "Sophomores had a good idea to go "trick or treating" for cans during Halloween and received some donations this way."

During the collection period, a "Baby Day" was held, with First Choice Pregnancy Center receiving 1,090 baby items.

"The 30th annual GCFD was a tremendous success. We as a Student Council are incredibly proud that this long-lived tradition is still alive at SCHS," said Parsons.

Giving back

During Friday's ceremony, Miriam Pietkiewicz was awarded The Giving Tree Award. This recipient is a deserving individual who gives selflessly to the school. She was awarded with "The Giving Tree" book.

A new tradition was begun this year, a "New Kid on the Block" award. "It is given to an outstanding faculty member who creates a positive environment in the school," said Parsons. It was given to Bill Pietkiewicz, the school's new assistant principal.

By the numbers

By grade, freshmen collected 3,410 cans, sophomores 10,810, juniors 6,984.5 cans and seniors 6,636.5 cans. Local businesses were key in giving donations, as was Titan Transfer who annually provides the means to transfer the collected items to Good Samaritan.

Leading the collection efforts was Lexi Landers, who brought in 3,533.5 cans, Kaylyn Attig who donated 1,549.5 cans, and Julie Haynes, with 993 cans.