De La Salle High School food drive exceeds goals _lowres

Photo provided by De La Salle High School—On a dress-down day prior to Thanksgiving, the top five winners of the De La Salle High School food drive gather in front of some of the food the school gathered for Second Harvest Food Bank. First row, from left, are Kacey Guichard and Semaj Lewis; and second row, Anna Jones, Hunter Pulizzano and Gustavo De Paiva.

The Thanksgiving food drive at De La Salle High School in New Orleans brought in 3,201 items for Second Harvest Food Bank. Drive coordinator Peggy St. John said Michelle Rosamond, volunteer services coordinator for the food bank, reported that De La Salle was one of the top five schools in the food bank drive.

“We ended the food drive before Thanksgiving break,” St. John said. “Imagine how much more we could have done if we’d gone through Christmas.”

Students and faculty in every category exceeded their goals for the number of food items donated, with the freshmen in the lead, achieving 349.2 percent of their goal. Their achievement earned them a dress-down day and early lunch.

“One student told me that it doesn’t really matter which level wins because we all have won as a school in helping feed those in need,” St. John said.

Individual winners included freshman Hunter Pulizzano, first; sophomore Gustavo De Paiva, second; senior Semaj Lewis, third; and eighth-grader Kacey Guichard and junior Anna Jones, tied for fourth.