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Students gather 1,161 cans of food for needy

The first-graders won, and second place fell to the kindergartners at St. Philip Neri School in Omaha during an all-school "collect the most cans" competition for the needy.

Averaging 14.5 cans or packaged food items per student, the first-graders won a dress-down day and an ice cream party. The kindergarteners weren’t far behind with 12 items per student, and fifth-graders took third at 10.7 items per student. The food went to the food pantry at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Omaha.

The student council sponsors the annual drive for canned or packaged vegetables, soup, potatoes, macaroni and cheese and other items. The effort provides an opportunity for students to think of the needs of others, said Julie Gross-Rhode, marketing coordinator for the school.

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