Local students hold food drive

The Glen Este High School Thespian Troupe is holding its annual “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat” food drive.

“We have been involved in this canned food drive program for a couple of years now,” said Thespian Troupe Secretary Tara Woodall. “Basically, we are going around to local neighborhoods, knocking on doors, and asking residents to donate canned goods to the local food pantries.”

The students are engaged in the program to help provide needy kids and their families in the area enough food to have a Thanksgiving dinner, Woodall said.

“We just like to help people, especially those people who, for whatever reasons, cannot do this on their own,” she said. “Thanksgiving is an important time for families to be together, to gather around a table, have discussion, and just be a family without having to worry about anything. We are blessed that we can help with that.”

In a single afternoon, during which two neighborhoods were covered, the troupe collected more than 500 cans of food. On Oct. 24, those boxes of canned goods were delivered to the Batavia YWCA House of Peace food pantry.

Glen Este High School Health Teacher and Thespian Sponsor Joan Stear said that the food drive project was just getting started.

“In only 90 minutes, we collected 500 cans for the Batavia food pantry,” she said. “We plan on getting a lot more. We want to bring in so many cans that the pantry will need extra help on the days that we deliver.”

According to YWCA Emergency Assistance Program Director Lynn Stranz, the food is not only appreciated, but needed.

“We help in providing food for more than 16,000 people a year,” she said. “Lately, we have been helping 40 to 50 families every single day. The students involved in this endeavor have our admiration, our gratitude, and our sincere thanks. Their hard work will help many people. We are very proud of the them.”

The thespians, an international troupe of performing arts students that was started in Cincinnati, earn a certain amount of points through plays, shows, and other productions. Their talent is then rewarded through the induction into the thespian society at annual ceremonies.

“There was no question that the students wanted to do this,” said Stear. “They took time off work and set other things aside to be a part of it. We have an amazing troupe of caring and sensitive people working hard to help others.”