Purdy High School recently received National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program. Fewer than 2,000 schools nationwide earned this level of distinction during the 2010-2011 school year.
Purdy High School hosted the Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive last year. The effort collected 1,889 pounds of food to help local families in need.
The National School of Distinction status is awarded to schools that demonstrate notable enthusiasm, creativity or dedication in getting involved with the hunger cause. Whether its activating students around a school-wide food drive, organizing volunteers for a local pantry or food bank or cultivating a school garden to provide fresh produce for the cause, schools all across the country have been playing a larger and larger role in helping to fight hunger nationwide.
"The students, staff and families of our School of Distinction schools should be very proud of their efforts and the impact they're making on the hunger cause," said Tim Sullivan, Schools Fight Hunger founder. "Of course, the short-term results are impressive, but we also love to see how our next generation of leaders are getting active in their communities at such a young age."
"In a day when so much news about our kids and our schools seems so negative, these schools and these students are well worth celebrating," added Sullivan.
The Schools Fight Hunger program itself is a 2-year-old initiative focused on connecting schools nationwide with the hunger cause, helping those schools fight hunger most effectively, celebrating the good work of schools and students and inspiring the next generation of leaders on the value of service.
For more information, visit www.schoolsfighthunger.org.