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Carroll Middle School collects food to replenish area food pantries

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Ella Abbott
Students at Carroll Middle School loaded up boxes of food onto carts to be handed off to staff from Life House Church and Pathway Community Church to replenish their food pantries on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Carroll Middle School hosted a school-wide food drive to help replenish food pantries at area churches.

The kids competed to see who could bring in the most food over the course of a week and win their class an ice cream treat at lunch.

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Ella Abbott
Eighth grader Bradyn Lothamer hands off a box full of food to be loaded onto a truck and driven to the churches on Tuesday, November 17, 2022. Lothamer earned the most points of any individual at Carroll Middle by bringing in the most food.

Kim Goeglein’s first period seventh grade class ultimately won the first place spot with more than 7,000 points. She also had two of the three top individual earners in her class.

Bradyn Lothamer, an eighth grader, came out with the most individual points at 1,200.

He says he’s been angling for first place for a few years, but the opportunity to help serve the community has motivated him.

“It is really fun cause I feel like a lot of that’s gonna go towards the community and help the people that really need it.”

Goeglein says the drive is also helpful to getting students out of their shell and participating. She says she was able to see an impact on one particularly closed off student this year.

“I mean he came out of his shell this week. Just smiled a bunch and it just made me so happy.”

Food from the drive will replenish the pantries at Life House Church and Pathway Community Church.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.