Northeast Tech students Share the Spirit with families in need

Northeast Tech students Share the Spirit with families in need
Posted on 12/14/2017
In the holiday spirit of giving, Instructor Ron Stearnes and the students in his Home Automation class recently held their annual canned food drive for Rogers County’s Share the Spirit program.For the ninth year Northeast Tech’s Claremore Campus has participated in the Share the Spirit campaign, an initiative to provide complete holiday meals for people in need in Rogers County. During the multi-week campaign, the students collected more than 1,300 cans of food, a record donation from the campus.

County Commissioner Dan Delozier coordinates the community-wide campaign, and 600 families will receive assistance through the program this year. Through the efforts of Northeast Tech, Cherokee Nation and other local businesses, each family will receive either a turkey or a ham, as well as all the side items necessary to enjoy a complete Christmas meal.

Instructor Ron Stearnes and his Home Automation class organize the event for Northeast Tech. It becomes a bit of a contest as each class brings non-perishable food items to donate during the food drive. The class that collects and donates the most items receives a pizza party.

“I enjoy doing it,” said Stearnes. “I was shocked at how many people – including some of our own students – need help in Rogers County. My students enjoy the idea of helping others this time of year as well.”

Stearnes and his students set a goal of collecting 1,000 cans this year, and when all the counting was over, they had not only reached their goal, but surpassed it.

“The goal is usually 1,000, cans, and last year we collected 1,048,” Stearnes said. “This year, we were hoping to beat that number, and we did. When we all bring something, it doesn’t take long for the donations to add up.”

At final tally, the campus collected 1,303 cans which they delivered to the collection facility on the morning of Dec. 13. The students in the Health Careers class contributed the most items, claiming the crown – and the pizza party – for a second consecutive year.
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