Vail Valley shatters giving goal for Thanksgiving
By the numbers
Upvalley Schools 2015 2014
Red Sandstone School (Vail) 4,376 4,031
Avon Elementary School 201 156
Berry Creek Middle School (Edwards) 459 542
June Creek Elementary (Edwards) 396 89
Eagle County Charter Academy (Edwards) 2,648 1,291
Edwards Elementary 689 544
Stone Creek Charter Academy (Gypsum) 998 422
St Clare of Assisi 0 561
Vail Mountain School 539
Downvalley Schools 2015 2014
Gypsum Creek Middle 1,094 1,008
Red Hill Elementary 1,609 1,076
Gypsum Elementary School 859 840
Stone Creek Charter 916 233
Brush Creek Elementary 2,659 541
Eagle Elementary School 1,158 851.5
Eagle Valley Middle School 250 621
Total 18,672 12,806.5
Store Donation Breakdown
Cash Checks Pounds
Avon $627 2,539
Eagle $328 $100 2,334
Vail $345 $500 958
East $234 $100 676
West $125 688
Edwards Village Market $148 447
Gypsum Ridley’s Market: $95 379
Store totals $1,947.92 $700 8,271
School cash/checks: $330 $1,056
Drive Total cash/checks: $2,277 $1,756
Grand Total: $4,299.22 = 21,495 pounds
Total Pounds (Stores/Schools) 48,438 pounds
EAGLE COUNTY — Valley locals gave until it felt good, collecting more than 24 tons of food and almost $4,300 to buy more.
When it was all packed and loaded, the total collected from local stores and schools weighed 48,438 pounds. People sometimes forgot to bring food to donate, but they could almost always reach into their pockets for a couple bucks, $4,299.22 total, in fact.
“Awesome job team! This is about an 8,000 pound increase from last year,” said Officer Craig Westering, the Vail Police Department food drive coordinator.
That includes a jump in cash donations as well, Westering said.
Those totals do not include donations from Vail Resorts and a few other businesses from which food and cash were still rolling in, Westering said.
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Law enforcement lead it
This year’s food drive was sponsored by Eagle County law enforcement, with all county schools participating and competing as well.
Red Sandstone Elementary School in Vail collected almost twice as much food as the second place school. Eagle County Charter Academy collected 2,648 pounds, more than twice as much as last year, and twice as much as the next highest school.
“We have been participating in this food drive for over 10 years,” said Marcie Laidman, Red Sandstone principal. “We are very fortunate to have several generous school families who have provided financial support every year. And we have amazing students who bring in canned and non-perishable food to donate. This project brings the whole community together for one important and life-saving cause.”
Catherine Jarnot is the Eagle Valley Middle School principal. Apparently McGruff the Crime Dog managed to land in the principal’s office.
“We apologize that we could not keep McGruff out of your office … again,” joked Terry Simpkins, of the Eagle Police Department.
It’s OK, because when it comes to principles and principals, your school’s principal is your “pal.”
Saturday’s packing parties saw hundreds of locals gather in Avon and Eagle to pack boxes and bags to be distributed to local families by the Salvation Army.
Among them were David Cope’s Battle Mountain High School soccer team.
“Kids are supported so much by this community, financially and with moral support,” Cope said. “To be able to give back to the community is important. Our players are aware of that and have a good track record of doing that.
“The most important thing we can help them learn is to be good citizens and good people,” Cope said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.