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Friendly food drive competition provides for families in need

As Thanksgiving approaches, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members at the Jesse L. Starkey 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.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).