Community News Ooltewah High School students use holiday to help others

Community News Ooltewah High School students use holiday to help others

November 22nd, 2017 by Heather Newlin in Community East Hamilton

Members of the Leadership Class at Ooltewah High School help collect cans for the food drive.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Madalyn Mills helps sort donations.

Madalyn Mills helps sort donations.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Students at Ooltewah High School are wrapping up this year's round of food and cash collections for The Great Turkey Race, an annual donation drive at the school. The goal is to feed 80 local families this holiday season.

"As far as our kids go, they really look forward to this every year," said OHS teacher Taylor Flynn. "It's nice to see them feeling good about making a difference this time of the year."

With a points system as incentive for each homeroom to bring in nonperishable food and cash donations, students compete to donate the most, giving them a chance at prizes from local businesses, like pizza from Marco's. Cash donations will be used to buy things like turkey and milk, Flynn explained.

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Jeremy and Jake Odens and Delwyn Sam, from left, wheel donations to the collection point.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

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