Time Is Running Out For StuCo Giving Tree

Ashley Shoemake, Staff Writer

On Friday, December 2nd,  Student Council put up giving trees around the school. Under these trees, which are by the front office or on Main Street, cans of food are being placed to benefit the less fortunate. Cans donated will go to Capital Food Bank.

The idea for the trees came about when Mrs. Boddorf mentioned she wanted Christmas trees up around the school and Student Council was trying to figure out what ways they could help the underprivileged.

“After Mrs. Boddorf told us her idea, we [student council] came up with the idea of making it a giving tree,” senior Student Council member Ashley Munoz said.

Student council’s goal is for everyone in the school to donate one can of food. That’s 1500 items going to help underprivileged students and families.

“20,000 kids in central Texas don’t have enough food or money to get food every week and they are served by Capital Food Bank. Some of these students even go to Vandegrift,” Student Council advisor Mrs. Mulligan said.

 “It’s important for us to know how blessed we are and to use the resources available to help those less fortunate,” junior Student Council member Abby Flickinger said.

Items on the Student Council wish list are:

  1. Peanut butter
  2. Tuna
  3.  Canned soup
  4.  Dry soup packets
  5.  Canned stews
  6. Cereal
  7. Canned fruits  
  8. Canned vegetables
  9. Pasta
  10. Rice
  11. instant potatoes

Students and faculty can drop off their items in the bins under the trees during all times of the school day but only until winter break begins, which is December 16.

“When we [the Vandegrift community] go home for the holidays, most of us don’t have to worry about where our food is coming from and if we can help other people not have to worry, that’s good. That’s vipers. Part of what makes Vandegrift Vandegrift, is how our Viperliciousness goes past our school” Mrs. Mulligan said.