LA PLATA, Md. – As Thanksgiving approaches, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building are providing food for families in need.
A service opportunity disguised as a friendly competition among various departments in the building provided a total of 15,091 food items and monetary gifts for community members in need.
Each food item brought in, or dollar donated earned one point for the team.
The winning team, Helping Hands in Human Resources, gathered a whopping total of 4,616 points.
The staff members that made up the winning team were Nikki Majors, Kevin Howard, Diana Colomo, Shirlene Ogburn, LaCoria Contee, Jeremy Campbell, David Shimizu, Linda Henderson, Rachel Svites, Tracie Mattera, Teresa Cook, Cathy Bryant, Ramona DiBenedetto, Lacy Dement, Tanya Williams, Louise Evans, Angela Rogers, Christi Kober, Barbara Simmons, Jill ReChord-Monegain and Tom Antonielli.
“I look forward to the generous and competitive spirit of my colleagues at central office to raise the most donations possible from each department to help families in our community who have the greatest needs,” Bethany Goodwin, CCPS Youth in Transition coordinator, said.
LifeStyles of Maryland, Inc. receives the donations from CCPS and will distribute to families in need during the week of Thanksgiving. The organization hosts an annual Thanksgiving Basket Pick Up for Charles County Families in Need.
This year the basket pick-up event was held at the Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf on Nov. 21.