The Seahawks officially collected 13,719 pounds of food and $46,352.74—the most ever raised by a Maryland school. Harvest for the Hungry, a three-week fall collection drive that concludes before Thanksgiving, benefits residents in need across the state.
The Maryland Food Bank officially congratulated South River in an email Wednesday and provided a recap of the school’s contributions over the past six years.
Even though earning the top spot is nothing new to South River and its principal Will Myers, the recognition is still sweet, the principal said.
“It’s always an honor to top the state in food collection and donations," Myers told Patch. "It’s what our school is known for. I’m so proud of our children.”
South River outdid its previous total of about $38,000 and collected about 1,000 more pounds of food.
The school’s collective effort is the product of teamwork and a commitment that exists throughout the South River feeder school system, Myers said.
“They start at the elementary level and they grow through the high school," he said. "The students have this commitment, K-12, to provide as much food as possible and a commitment to service. We are tremendously fortunate.”
In an email to a South River leadership teacher, a representative with the Maryland Food Bank wrote, “You guys are amazing. Thank you so much for your support. I would love to talk to you at some point about how you were able to achieve such amazing results so we can share with other schools.”
When asked about the key to the school’s collection success, Myers said it’s not very complicated.
“It’s like winning. It’s catchy," he said. "Everybody wants to stay No. 1,” he said. “I think our kids are just really committed.”