In true neighborly fashion, the Cobb County School District celebrated the Atlanta Braves’ move to SunTrust Park by collecting nearly 25,000 cans for MUST Ministries to help feed those in need throughout the county.
The canned food drive took place in schools during Braves Opening Week festivities leading up to the first game in SunTrust Park.
The Braves promised to reward the school that collected the most cans and Acworth Elementary School won the challenge by collecting 4,327 cans and other food items. The school will receive a visit from the Braves before the end of the school year.
When members of the CCSD warehouse team arrived to get the cans to take to MUST Ministries, the entire school celebrated. Students and staff in their Braves gear lined the hallways and stood outside to cheer as the boxes came out of the building and were loaded onto a truck.
“We try to talk with our students about character education and the importance of what that means,” said Principal Dr. Pamela Adeli. I am hoping that is a life-lesson they take with them.”
The real winners are those who will benefit from the canned food drive.
Ike Reighart, President of MUST Ministries, said, “What a meaningful partnership MUST Ministries has with Cobb County Schools! The recent food drive will help hundreds of students and their families as we stock our 24 MUST Ministries Save It Forward school food pantries, and assist others through our program food pantries. Last year, more than 15,000 unique individuals came to MUST for food and we can only feed them with support from our community. This spring food drive sponsored by the Braves comes at a critical time when families are preparing for more meals to provide for their children over the summer break. We are deeply grateful to each student that donated and the schools that worked so hard to make this drive a success.”
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