• May 25, 2023

    Fort Couch and USCHS students sponsor food and clothing drive

    Food Drive postersAlgebra Part A students at Fort Couch Middle School and Upper St. Clair High School are teaming up to help those less fortunate. The students are hosting a food, clothing and toy drive to benefit the Food Helpers of Washington County.

    Nonperishable food items and new or gently used clothing and toys can be dropped off at either school any day through June 2, or monetary donations will be accepted for the food bank as well.

    This marks the ninth year that the Algebra 1 Part A classes have collaborated on a food drive project. Coordinating the outreach effort is Shannon Strayer, USCHS math teacher, and Michelle Senneway, Fort Couch math teacher.

    “We link the food and clothing drive to our algebra classes by creating an algebra equation and graph the results daily,” Ms. Strayer said. “We value all food and clothing donations at $1.25 each and with the combination of all money and food/clothing collected want to have a ‘total value’ of at least $5,000. We discuss how many more items/money needs to be donated in order to hit the goal.”

    Students are assigned a variety of tasks including advertising the drive, collecting the food, counting and sorting items and calculating the total value. 

    In addition to their collection efforts, students will spend a day volunteering at the Food Helpers of Washington County, where they will plant gardens, pack Senior Boxes in the food bank and sort clothing at the organization’s thrift store.

    Last year, students collected over 7,000 food and clothing items and more than $500 in monetary donations to benefit the Food Helpers.