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District-Wide ‘Stuff the Bus’ Food Drive has New Twist, Kicks Off Sept. 29

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To celebrate the 10th annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota, Lakota Local Schools and the Lakota Board of Education are issuing a new challenge this year to the Lakota community, as well as two neighboring communities.

“This year, in the spirit of ‘WE are Lakota,’ we are bringing the 22 schools in our district together to help pack a bus with donations for local families served by Reach Out Lakota,” said Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller. “In the past, the food drive has been a spirited competition between the East and West sides of our district. This year, we have asked two neighboring districts to join the cause, with the winners being all three of our communities.”

Lakota will go up against Mason City Schools and Hamilton City Schools, each district working to pack a school bus with the most canned goods and other items. The final collection will go to a local relief organization serving their communities.

“This has become a long-standing tradition around Lakota and something our students, staff and residents have always rallied behind,” said Lakota Board President Ben Dibble. “It’s exciting to take it in a new direction where even more families will benefit.”

Lakota will kick off its drive at the Sept. 29 East vs. West football game (7 p.m. at West), where the community will be invited to bring their donations to the game. The first 200 donors will receive a “WE are Lakota” phone wallet. Click here to view a flyer, including a list of items most needed by Reach Out Lakota. 

The drive will continue through Oct. 25 with donation bins available in every Lakota school. The final collection points will be Oct. 27 at the last home games of the year (East vs. Mason and West vs. Hamilton, both at 7 p.m.)

“We are always happy to come together and support local organizations like Reach Out Lakota that are working for the good of the Lakota community,” Miller said. “It’s just part of the meaning behind ‘WE are Lakota’.”

“Lakota supplies approximately 75 percent of the annual food donations stocking our shelves at Reach Out Lakota,” said Peyton Gravely, Director of Development and Marketing for Reach Out Lakota. “We are grateful for the strong partnership we’ve grown over the years.”

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