LARAMIE, Wyo. (December 1, 2021) – During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Laramie Middle School (LMS) held a food drive to support families in the county who needed a little extra help during the holiday season. When the food drive was over, LMS totaled a school-record 1,052 items to donate.
“When there’s a need, we’re looking to help supply a lot of great food for the Thanksgiving push to help provide for as many families as possible in Albany County with the essentials,” said Travis Miller, the LMS student leadership advisor. “Our food drive doesn’t necessarily cover the turkey and things like that, but just tons of the non-perishables that help with that event is the goal.”
The LMS food drive was a two-pronged approach. On one side, the Student Leadership Team (SLT) spent Halloween night doing what they call “Trick-or-Can.”
“What they do is, on Halloween night, instead of trick-or-treating for candy, all 48 of my student leadership kids went trick-or-treating for canned goods,” Miller said. “They brought in over 500 cans just from trick-or-treating on Halloween night.”
Miller says the “Trick-or-Can” approach is a great way for student leaders to work on their public speaking skills while putting themselves out there in the community.
“That was pretty great to see,” Miller said. “It’s a great lesson for them. Obviously, it’s great for our community to see leaders, to see our LMS students out and about doing their thing. It’s a lesson in empathy and serving our community.”
After the “Trick-or-Can” night, the SLT brought in over 500 cans of food items. That number is also a new school record for LMS.
“That really set the tone,” Miller said. “When they came in, and normally it’s 200 or 300 cans, but they eclipsed 500 cans on just that alone this year. It was pretty phenomenal just to see how excited they were.”
As for the second prong, there was a school-wide food drive where each grade level competed with each other to see who could donate the most items. At the end of the drive, it was a close race that saw the sixth grade come out on top with 252 cans.
“The sixth grade actually won this year for the total number of cans they brought in, which is cool,” Miller said. “The eighth grade really pushed hard, and it’s a lot of the student government kids that are pushing hard. The sixth graders just rallied really, really well. Today’s actually their pizza party, so Domino’s will get delivered today for them.”
If anyone is still in the giving spirit, Miller says Laramie Interfaith and the Laramie Soup Kitchen are two great places to donate items, especially as it gets colder in Laramie.
“We definitely thank all our parents that supported their students to bring food in,” Miller said. “It doesn’t happen without our great families at the middle school doing their part, as well.”