Redoubt kids win Food Bank challenge!...Principal Pothast too ill to trot

Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Students at Redoubt Elementary school kept the spirit of the first Thanksgiving feast alive last week, when they shared what they had with those having less. It was a challenge that school principal, John Pothast, presented to the kids and their families to see if they could collect 500 pounds of food and $500 dollars to give to the Food Bank. According to Sharron Hale, volunteer coordinator at Redoubt, the challenge from Mr. Pothast was that if they reached those dual goals, he would dress up as a turkey for the day and dance the Turkey Trot. "Amazingly we surpassed both goals, delivering 769 pounds of groceries to the Food Bank last week, and today we and our Turkey for the day presented Linda Swarner, executive director for the Food Bank with a check for $644 dollars. Unfortunately, Mr. Pothast was too sick to come to work the day of our Turkey Trot assembly, so our physical education teacher, Bill Withrow, put himself into some smashing orange tights and a turkey suit, and stuck his neck out to be our turkey for the day," Hale told the Dispatch.

"I had a blast with the kids. It was a wonderful time, and it gave them a chance to see me do something a little out of the ordinary, as well as giving me an appreciation for how hot a turkey gets when put in an oven," laughed Withrow. "Without a doubt, it enhanced the learning-about-Thanksgiving experience for our students. One thing we teach here at Redoubt, is that we are a big family. This experience brought the understanding home that some folks are a little less fortunate, and that this was a way to give back to our family and community. The kids did an amazing job in exceeding their goals," added Withrow.

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