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Middle schoolers answer the call for holiday needs

Junior high set goal of donating 250 chickens to food bank for Thanksgiving and holiday baskets
by: Jeff Spiegel Every paper chicken on the chart represents $4 that has been collected to pay for one chicken this holiday season.

When a couple of junior high teachers heard the Estacada Food Bank was lacking the money to include protein in their annual Thanksgiving baskets, they wanted to do something about it.

The result was a fundraiser in which the school sought to raise $1,000, which would purchase 250 chickens through a competition between some of the school's homeroom classes.

The winning classroom will receive a 'Tiger Card' of some kind, which offers each student a special privilege such as skipping a homework assignment or erasing a tardy.

With one week remaining in the drive, the school had raised $700. That money had come in all sorts of forms, from $100 checks to loose pocket change, but the kids know every penny counts.

Other fundraisers that the middle school does each year include a canned food drive and a fundraiser for cancer research.

The drive was spearheaded by one of the school's science teachers, Margie Arnett.