Congratulations to the 79 participating Lee County students for donatingin 117,561 cans this year for the Lee County Schools Canned Food Drive!

freevector-pop-art-soup-convertedFrom September 19-30, students were encouraged to bring in cans of food and non-perishables to help stock the shelves at The Salvation Army.

“Students, parents, faculty, and staff exceeded our expectations,” said Major Tim Gilliam, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties. “They collected
about 59 tons or the weight of 5.8 school buses. The height of all cans, if stacked, is 39,187 feet – that’s 26 times the height of the Empire State Building! We cannot thank these schools enough!”

The Salvation Army will use the food to provide bags of food for those receiving Christmas assistance. The remaining cans will go the the Food Pantry for use during the first part of the year.

Congratulations to this year’s top-performing schools:

Grand prize trophy for the most cans collected per student – Buckingham Exceptional School –  20.59 cans per student

Most Cans Collected – Heights Elementary – 6,203 cans

Pre-school/Special Center – Early Childhood Center / LAMP – 13.23 cans per student

Charter School – Island Park High – 2.94 cans per student

Title 1 School – Patriot Elementary – 5.38 cans per student

Elementary with fewer than 900 students – Edison Park School – 2.65 cans per student

Elementary more than 900 students –  Sunshine Elementary – 5.22 cans per student

K-8 Schools – The Alva School – 3.92 cans per student

Middle School – Fort Myers Middle Academy – 5.34 cans per student

High School – Cypress Lake High School –  2.04 cans/student (no photo)

Private School – Evangelical Christian School – 11.22 cans per student

Most Improved – Ida S. Baker High – 744% improvement over last year! (no photo)