Creekside kids aid Food Pantry

One of the most heartwarming things we've seen this fall is the remarkable steps taken by students at the new Creekside Elementary School who stepped up to help needy neighbors with a successful food drive mobilized under the moniker of "Community Day."
Nine-year-old Jaxson Enninga is
the son of Rick & Michelle Enninga.
A story by Heather Murschel in the Thursday edition (11/17/11) of the Black Hills Pioneer provided details of how young Jaxson Enninga -- a third grader -- suggested that the school conduct a food drive.  School officials embraced the idea and helped organize the week-long drive, encouraging students and Spearfish residents to bring nonperishable food items to the school.
And they did just that!  The campaign culminated today -- Community Day -- with the delivery of nearly 700 pounds of food to the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.
"It's just awesome that young people are not only recognizing needs within their community, but that they're stepping up and taking action to help meet some of those needs," said pantry president Karen Miller.
Like food pantries all across the country, the Spearfish pantry has witnessed a significant increase in the number people who rely upon them to help feed families.
"Keeping pace with the needs of the community is always a concern," said Miller.  "But with the great support of citizens across the community -- including these young people -- we're optimistic that we'll be able to accommodate needy families through the holiday season.
These members of the Creekside Elementary Student Council
give a big "Thumbs Up" for a successful Food Drive.
Our hats off to the students, teachers and staff at Creekside Elementary for their thoughtfulness and good work on behalf of the Spearfish Community Food Pantry and the people we serve.