By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The students in Whiteaker Middle Schools leadership class are looking to enlist the Keizer community in a big project Saturday, Nov. 23. How big? School bus big.
Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., student volunteers will be staffing a school bus parked in the Albertsons parking lot, 5450 River Road N., and accepting food donations in hope of stuffing it full.
“We’re partnering with Dayspring Fellowship to provide 200 families with Thanksgiving dinner,” said Whiteaker’s Jonas Honeyman.
A public awareness campaign is already underway, said student Evan Harvey.
“We’ve been making posters and I’ve been putting some in stores. The response has been really good,” Harvey said.
On the day of the event, volunteers from Whiteaker’s leadership class will turn out in force to assist donors.
“There’s going to be two shifts. We’ll have almost 15 in the morning and five or six in the afternoon,” said Sydnie Gould. “Leadership is really about having a heart for other people and being able to assist them.”
The attempt to fill the bus is just another one of the many ways leadership students contribute around the community,. Each student in the class is required to perform four hours of community service every six weeks, but many contribute much more, said Emily Prall.
“The leadership students are supposed to be the role models around school, and this is part of setting a good example for the community,” Prall said.