Stephens College students collected and donated nearly 5,000 pounds of food this holiday season to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri as part of a first-ever contest among each of the College’s five schools.
The School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication won the competition, collecting a total of 113 points, with each “point” representing a food item or dollar.
“I’m so proud of everyone,” Pam Shackelford, interim dean of the school, said during a campus-wide assembly. “Thank you for doing an amazing job for an amazing cause.”
Susies Organized for Service, or SOS, spearheaded the initiative with help from the Student Government Association and other campus organizations. SOS President Kristen McCurdy and other student leaders agreed that while the competition was fun, the food drive was about Stephens helping others.
“Doing and giving back to others is so important—it stands for something,” said Brianna Jackson, president of SGA. “Giving back is a vital and important part of who we are.”
During the ceremony, President Dianne Lynch praised students for coming together for a cause. “You stopped and thought about others and how you could make a difference,” she said.
Lynch also announced that the food drive competition would become an annual event.
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