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Halloween event and volleyball tournament on tap for food drive

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: LIZ MURPHY - Lakeridge Associated Student Body members, including, from left, Sam Howley, Jamie Cannady and Max Minervini, organized an annual food drive with a Halloween fundraiser and a volleyball tournament.Instead of Milky Way and 3 Musketeers bars, some trick-or-treaters could come to your house on Halloween seeking peanut butter and pinto beans, and you may be invited to a boys volleyball tournament next month in which some players don pink shorts.

Don’t worry. You’re not about to enter an alternate reality. It’s all just part of Lakeridge High School’s annual canned food drive.

Lakeridge’s Associated Student Body members aim to gather 10,000 cans and earn the top spot in the Three Rivers League Canned Food Drive Competition, a yearly contest among several area schools. The nonwinners must go to the winning school and sing its fight song.

Lake Oswego High won the TRL Canned Food Drive Competition last year, and Lakeridge snagged first place in 2011. The LOHS food drive will be held later this year.

Jamie Cannady, Lakeridge ASB co-philanthropy director, said she wants Lakeridge “to make a comeback” this year.

“We come from a fairly privileged community, and we have all the materials to give back,” said Cannady, a senior.

In the spirit of giving and friendly competition, Lakeridge students are founding two major new events: the Powder Tuff Tournament and Trick-or-Canning. The food drive runs from Monday to Nov. 8, and there are several drop-off sites, including Lakeridge.

Lakeridge students will evenly split all proceeds between the Oregon Food Bank and the food pantry at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.

With Trick-or-Canning, Cannady is seeking to establish a new tradition in which students will roam neighborhoods asking for cans or dollar donations instead of candy on All Hallows Eve.

The noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 Powder Tuff Tournament, to be held at Lakeridge, will bring together 16 boys teams with six to 10 members. Each player must donate at least 10 cans of food or $5. As is the case with many area high schools, Lakeridge has girls volleyball but not boys volleyball. Some of the boys, in a nod to the locally female-dominated sport, will select team colors in that red-white color mix most closely associated with girls. Lakeridge senior Sam Howley, who’s organizing the event and plays volleyball, said she’s looking forward to watching the boys goof around for a good cause and experience just how difficult competitive volleyball is.

Howley said the event planning has gone smoothly, although she did have a little trouble getting ahold of some of the ninth-graders.

“We have a lot of freshmen who are like: ‘We don’t want to text a senior girl; that’s scary,’” Howley said.

The whole community is invited, and admission is two cans of food or $1.

Howley brought the idea to Lakeridge after hearing other schools had put on similar events. The name of the tourney is a play on the junior and senior girls’ Powder Puff Football competition at the end of the school year.

“It’s great to see (students) look beyond themselves and try and help other people,” said Derek Abbott, an ASB adviser. “A lot of our philosophy in ASB and in our philanthropy area is we want to take a high school student and show there’s more world than the world you live in, so how can you participate and help?”

ASB adviser Liz Murphy said she and Abbott are offering guidance on the food drive, but they don’t run the events.

“I really want it to be a student-driven project,” Murphy said. “They learn organizational skills, time management.”

For people who want to donate but can’t participate in the events, there are food drop-off sites at Lakeridge High, 1235 Overlook Drive; Lakeridge Junior High, 4700 Jean Road; Westridge Elementary, 3400 Royce Way; and Hallinan Elementary, 16800 Hawthorne Drive. Cannady said she would be willing to make food donation pickups for people who are physically unable to go to a drop-off site.

“These events embody the creativity, intelligence, compassion and seemingly endless energy of Lakeridge students and their enduring willingness to lead the way in their own way,” said Rollin Dickinson, assistant principal at Lakeridge.

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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