JVES sock hop and food drive benefit CV closet
The Jacks Valley Elementary sock hop dance wasn’t for squares, but for those who provided cans of food all last week for the food drive.
The students of Jacks Valley Elementary held their annual food drive to support the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. During the week of Jan. 21, the school received 2,477 donations from classes and 155 more donations were collected at the dance on Friday.
The total amount of canned food and non-perishable items collected by the school came to 2,632 donations, which the food closet picked up Monday.
“We’ve been doing the food drive for 18 years now. We started holding it in January six years ago after Christmas so we could help restock the food closet’s shelves after the holiday season,” said Mark Paloolian, teacher at JVES and organizer for the food drive.
The 5th grade classes collected the most cans out of all the grades with 507 donations.
The class to collect the most cans was Vicki Templeton and Donna Cottrell’s 6th grade class, with 301 cans.
“There are about 500 kids at this school, which averages to about five cans per kid,” said Paloolian. “It was very successful.”
As for the sock hop that rounded out the week of collecting and counting donations, Paloolian described the kids as being very excited.
“The sock hop was a mob scene,” he joked.
The students who attended the sock hop weren’t charged an admission. Instead, they were asked to donate more food.
“We had boxes set up at the door for the extra donations,” said Paloolian.
The teachers also held a silent auction for theme baskets that they made as well as a raffle for the kids.
“Some teachers did themes with Harry Potter for their baskets that had memorabilia from the books in them. My theme was football, so I had a cheese head hat and a foam finger like you see at the UNR games in my basket,” said Paloolian.
The money from the raffle went to the Partners in Education parent-teacher group at JVES. The money from the silent auctions went to the teachers who created the baskets.