Oak Harbor students fill school bus for Help House

Leland Deutscher isn’t exactly sure what’s in all 300 cans of food his mom dropped off — but he does know this: He likes helping people.

Francis Bagarella

Leland Deutscher isn’t exactly sure what’s in all 300 cans of food his mom dropped off — but he does know this: He likes helping people.

The 8-year-old Crescent Harbor Elementary student was among hundreds across Oak Harbor who raided the cupboards and hit up neighbors to collect food for the hungry.

“Some people can’t make enough money at their job and they need free food,” he explained.

His family’s donation helped put Deb Rusnak’s third grade class ahead in the can race. The progress was measured on a chart with each teacher’s name on a yellow, paper school bus.

The top collectors gathered Tuesday to fill two school buses and deliver the items to the North Whidbey Help House.

In total, children across the district gathered a total of 16,880 items.

Crescent Harbor Principal Kate Valenzuela said it’s a fun competition but it’s also about teaching children to be good citizens.

“Our schools are connected to the community and it’s important for kids to see that,” she said.

Volunteers from the Navy showed up to help unload the food at Help House. They filled a double-garage full.

The Help House needs food year-round and this donation should keep families fed for a few months.

The nonprofit also puts together special boxes for Thanksgiving that will go out to 600 families this year, said assistant director Eric Mager.

 

More in News

PorchStories a short but interesting look at local history

The big rock, the “Rock of Ages” in Coupeville behind Smile Cafe,… Continue reading

County launches new app to report service requests

Concerns about potholes, dead animals, vandalism in parks and more can now… Continue reading

Libertarian to participate in debate

Libertarian Brian Luke has filed to get on the ballot for Washington… Continue reading

Volunteers from NAS Whidbey clean up Ebey’s bluff trail

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island participated in the Armed Forces Day Volunteer… Continue reading

Meltdown at Goose Community Grocer

Fridge failure leads to ‘heartbreaking’ food dump

Skagit Valley College honor roll

Skagit Valley College announced academic honor roll for winter quarter. Local students… Continue reading

Coupeville Couple’s Curiosity Saves a Barn

Marshall English recalls the rainy spring day when curiosity led him and… Continue reading

Photos provided
                                Broad View Elementary School student Layla Williams plants vegetables in the school’s garden. Broad View was recently recognized nationally for its environmental and sustainability efforts.
School recognized for being green

Ongoing sustainability efforts at Broad View Elementary started a decade ago as… Continue reading

Prosecutor declines to charge Langley police chief with crime

The Island County prosecutor won’t charge Langley Police Chief David Marks with… Continue reading

Most Read