Annual canned food drive gets a political twist

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Annual canned food drive gets a political twist

Students from leadership classes decorated the wall in the Student Union to encourage participation in voting with the food drive.

Students from leadership classes decorated the wall in the Student Union to encourage participation in voting with the food drive.

Percy Totten

Students from leadership classes decorated the wall in the Student Union to encourage participation in voting with the food drive.

Percy Totten

Percy Totten

Students from leadership classes decorated the wall in the Student Union to encourage participation in voting with the food drive.

Percy Totten, Pulse Staff Writer

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Contributing to a good cause had never been so political as it was during Broken Arrow High School’s 2016 Move for Hunger canned food drive.

This year, BAHS held a canned food drive during March 21-25 that involved the upcoming presidential election. Every donation of a nonperishable food item counted as one “vote” for the presidential candidate of their choosing.

“Our hope is that we are able to assist Broken Arrow Neighbors in helping those in need while also giving our students a chance to make their political voice heard,” Applied Leadership teacher Mr. Spencer VanDolah said.

Near the end of the week, it seemed that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was the nominee with the most votes and was expected to be the winner.

In a turn of events, sophomore Kenny Luong created his own sign with his name and picture on it inviting students to place their donations on his name and vote for him instead of the presidential candidates. Luong ended up with the most votes, surpassing Sanders.

“I am a bit surprised I won because I did not know people would actually vote for me,” Luong said. “It was a bit of a joke at first but people took it seriously. I am happy to help the community.”

Hundreds of food items were donated and collected from the high school food drive and all items will be given to local charity Broken Arrow Neighbors. The donations made during the canned food drive will have a great impact on the people relying Broken Arrow Neighbor’s services.

“We are proud to partner with Broken Arrow Neighbors and appreciate the chance to be able to provide so many people with the necessities they need,” VanDolah said. “The food drives help students learn to be more charitable and considerate.”

For more information on Broken Arrow Neighbors, visit their website at www.baneighbors.org. Monetary donations, food items and hygiene products can be dropped off or mailed to the BA Neighbors office at 315 W. College, Broken Arrow, OK 74012. BA Neighbors is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 918-251-7781 for additional information.

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