RPA’s middle school leadership class puts on canned food drive

RPA students Ash Craig, Jack Zamora and Phoenix Phifer.

Redmond Proficiency Academy’s middle school leadership class is putting together a canned food drive called Cans for A Cause to act as a food resource for community members in advance of the holiday season.  

For the effort, the class is partnering with NeighborImpact, a local nonprofit who provides housing, utility and food assistance, and would like to collect 1,800 cans to donate between now and Nov. 17.  

“I had originally had the idea for Cans for a Cause in the sixth grade, but was setback due to Covid,” explained RPA middle school student Brennan Tegano-Lind. “When we got back to school I was excited and ready to get the idea started again. There have been a lot of changes to my original idea but we stayed dedicated and made it happen.”

Middle school student Brennan Tegano-Lind.

The top canned food items requested are canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, broth and canned soups.  

RPA students are asked to bring cans to their advisors so that they can be tallied to determine how many cans each advisory group donates. The advisory with the most cans will earn a pizza party to celebrate donating the largest number of cans  

Additionally, the entire school is working together for a school-wide goal of 1,800 cans (or about five cans per student), in order to earn a school-wide root beer float party.  

For any questions regarding this food drive, please contact Karly Wade at karly_wade@rpacademy.org

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