Central High proves it can: Students collect for food drive

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Many of the 16,312 items collected by Shelbyville Central High School for its annual Great Canned Food Drive were arranged in this "Finding Nemo"-themed display on the gym floor before being turned over to Good Samaritan Association and two other local charities. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

For about 33 years, as best current school officials can determine, Shelbyville Central High School has held an annual canned food drive.

The event is a holiday tradition, with the collected cans, boxes and other packages arranged into celebratory designs on the floor of the SCHS gym so that students can see the results of their work on display.

16,000+ cans

This year's drive brought in 16,312 items, which were displayed on Tuesday in a "Finding Nemo"-inspired design. The theme, drawn from the movie, was "Can You Help Me Find My Son?" The persistence and cooperative effort required by the characters in the movie to find the missing title character was symbolic of the cooperation required by SCHS students in bringing together food items, baby items and paper products.

The bulk of the collection was turned over to Good Samaritan Association, while baby items collected will go to First Choice Pregnancy Center and pet food items will go to Shelbyville & Bedford County Humane Association.

Big G Express and Learning Way Elementary also contributed items to the drive.

Top donors

The top individual donors were recognized Tuesday morning:

1) Chase Smith, 2,388 cans

2) Maddie Jones, 712 cans

3) Kallie Attig, 600 cans

4) Hailey Puckett, 500 1/2 cans

5) Alayne Saylor, 404 cans

6) Madison McCormick, 379 cans

7) Lance Moore, 364 cans

8) Gracie Perryman, 278 cans

9) Angelica Miranda, 209 1/2 cans

10) Lexi Metcalf, 206 1/2 cans

Kerry Thompson was recognized with the annual "Giving Tree Award."