Parker School celebrated its Ohana Day Nov. 21 with the culmination of a two-month schoolwide canned food drive to benefit the Annunciation Food Pantry and Kokua Ministry at Imiola Congregational Church.
Students gathered on the lawn where six pickup trucks and an SUV, fully loaded with cans and bags of rice, were parked. Headmaster Carl Sturges said the food drive was so successful that the original 20,000-ounce goal was quickly surpassed. The final tally of donated food was 153,541 ounces, approximately 9,586 pounds.
The ninth-grade class collected 1,778 pounds of food, earning a zip-line trip donated by Big Island Eco Adventures for collecting more than the other high school classes. Students in grade 6 received a party package from KBXtreme for collecting 2,863 total pounds of food. Individual prizes included a ride with Kohala Ditch Adventures, snorkel and whale-watch cruises from Ocean Sports, Starbucks merchandise and gift cards.
The Rev. Robert Shwarzhaupt of Annunciation Catholic Church blessed the food before it was taken for delivery.