More than 15,000 cans collected in 'food fight'

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Food Fight representatives included, from left, Brian McKinney and Nora Powell of The Heritage School; Angie Moryan of Trinity Christian School; Derenda Rowe, One Roof/ Coweta Food Pantry director; Ashley Burgin of Trinity Christian School; Ansley Dieckman and Carrie Riley of The Heritage School.

From STAFF REPORTS
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Crosstown private school rivals Trinity Christian and The Heritage School took healthy competition to a new level in support of the Coweta County Food Pantry.
In November, the schools collected more than 15,000 cans to support the annual Can-A-Thon.
Student leaders at both schools challenged each other to a good old-fashioned “food fight” to see who could amass the most cans in support of the annual Newnan Junior Service League’s project.
“It was encouraging to come together as a unified student body in order to reach our community,” said Trinity Christian student Ashley Burgin.
“It is such an amazing opportunity to be able to bless those who perhaps don’t have as many blessings as we do,” Burgin added.
The Heritage School won the challenge, collecting 9,170 cans to Trinity’s 6,611 cans. The food fight produced large increases in food pantry collections relative to last year’s numbers at both schools.

But the real winner was the Coweta County Food Pantry and the many families it serves annually.

“This year’s Can-a-thon was more fun because of the competition with Trinity, but what really made it special was the way it brought everyone at Heritage together from all the different grade levels,” said Heritage senior Carrie Riley.

Riley is a member of the Friends of The Heritage School’s Rachel Club, which worked to spread the “food fight” challenge to all grade levels of the school.

“Whether our school won the competition or not wasn’t as important as working together to help people,” Riley added. “There was no loser in this situation.”

Student leaders at Trinity Christian and The Heritage School wish to challenge the community to realize that hunger is not a once a year concern. The economic challenges of the last several years have resulted in empty shelves at numerous junctures throughout the year. Students at both schools continue to collect supplies year round and hope that you will, too.

“I really enjoyed watching the increased spirit of our entire school—everyone was so hyped and excited about helping out those in need in our own community,” said Trinity Christian student Hannah Miller.



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