Number of Participants: 15
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $254
Event Type: Hunger
School: Honeoye Middle/High School
Date: November 22, 2021
Honeoye Central School District
Main Street, Honeoye
The Honeoye athletic department oversees a club of student-athletes called the “Dog Pack.” The members of the pack are athletes that exemplify the ideal student-athletes. The mission of the Dog Pack is to give student-athletes a voice, discuss relevant topics in high school athletics, increase school spirit, and develop and maintain a positive athletic experience for both student-athletes and non athletes. Honeoye’s club, Youth 2 Youth (Y2Y) was also involved in this project. Y2Y is a club for middle and high school students that focuses on drug-prevention and youth leadership. The Y2Y program focuses on drug-prevention through Red Ribbon week, leadership and mental health through serviced based activities focusing on helping others.
Both of these clubs worked together to develop a way to increase school spirit while also helping their community. The two clubs decided to use a non-perishable item drive to accomplish those goals. The items collected during this food drive were delivered and donated to the Honeoye Community Food Pantry. The Honeoye food pantry is a volunteer run organization that supplies the community with: an emergency food pantry, food pantry “snack packs” at Honeoye Central School, holiday food baskets, and family education.
To incorporate the item drive while increasing school spirit and participation, the Dog Pack and the Youth 2 Youth club turned the item drive into a competition. The student body was able to have a voice in naming Honeoye’s Bulldog mascot by voting for a name they liked the most with non-perishable items for the drive. The Dog Pack and Youth 2 Youth created a multi-phased contest to accomplish this goal with 4 phases. The first phase included the collection of potential names via a google form for all students and staff in grades K-12. From here, the four final names were selected, and those whose names were selected were gifted with snack shack money. Phase two was the collection phase. Four bins were placed in two different locations through the school, labeled with a respective name for voting. Students and staff brought in as many non-perishable items that they could. Those items were placed in one of the four bins that displayed the name of their choosing. Phase three was the counting and delivery phase. Members of the Dog Pack counted and sorted the items that had been donated, and the Y2Y members delivered them to the Honeoye Community Food Pantry the next day. Together, the students and staff of Honeoye Central School, the Dog Pack and the Youth 2 Youth clubs collected 269 items including: canned soups, salad dressings, paper towels, laundry detergent, stuffing mix, canned vegetables, sponges, bar soaps, gravy, pasta and more. Phase four was the announcement of the name, which was done at the first home game of the year. The Dog Pack wanted to announce the winning name during this game because they felt it would draw community support to the first home game of the season. The announcement included a secret student dressing up in the Bulldog mascot costume for the game. The winner of the contest was Bruno!