I rolled into Bothell High School this morning for what I thought would be a routine site visit. My friends from Northwest Harvest and I were there to get a feel for campus and strategize where to stage our collection trucks and live shot on June 1.
Bothell is one of four schools chosen to be a host for the 2012 Summer Hunger Challenge. It’s a new approach for the campaign which, for the previous 3 years, has set up in the parking lots of various malls around the region. This year we invited students themselves to show a little compassion and school spirit, and make a real difference in the community.
From what I saw today – if any of the other 14 schools participating in our Summer Hunger Challenge come close to Bothell’s level of energy and enthusiasm, this campaign will be a success beyond all expectation.
As we arrived this morning, about 20 students were unloading donations they had collected over the weekend. It took half-an-hour to get it all inside. Bag after bag kept emerging from a line-up of cars. We were blown away.
Many thanks to the ASB Leadership team at Bothell and their Advisor, Valerie Spagnolo, who heard about our food drive and embraced it with all of their Cougar pride. Thanks for hosting us. We look forward to seeing you again on June 1!
BONUS! Read a note from the Bothell HS ASB:
"This past weekend, members of Bothell’s ASB & Leadership classes took shifts standing outside of grocery stores and asking shoppers to consider buying goods to donate. To be honest, this was way out of my comfort zone, but that detail became minor after the first donation was placed in the cart. We all took part in a simple task, yet we will never know the full affect this task created. Hearing more information from Ms. Robertson and members of Northwest Harvest got us excited to keep going & bringing in more. I’m sure other Bothell students will be just as excited to help with this event. A simple sacrifice from us can take a huge burden off of someone else."