Mustangs donate over 5000 food items

Katie Foley – Mustangs Ahead

Mustangs collected food for the less fortunate

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The annual LRHS canned food drive was a success with over 5,000 cans collected.

Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher Melissa Koehlinger’s first period class collected the most with 316 cans and math teacher Robert Collier’s first period came in second with 229 cans.

Additionally, combined the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) classes collected 1279 cans.

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Overall, this was a 43% increase from the number of cans collected last year.

Freshmen Reagan Mayforth and Maggie Sugalski deliver canned goods

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 less than 1000 cans had been collected but by Thursday afternoon, there were over 5000 cans.

Math teacher and Lakewood Leaders adviser Meghan Sugalski said, “The last-minute push from assistant principal Valencia Lowen encouraging first period teachers to get involved along with getting the word out on the announcements, on ‘Mustangs Ahead,’ and the all-call home led to people stepping up.”

Proceeds from the food drive will go towards Feeding Tampa Bay.