Students in Mrs. Leigh Ann Hoffman's class sponsored a weeklong food drive in November. The students collected non-perishable food items for Tyrand Cooperative Ministries food pantry. Classes at George Ward were challenged to bring in as many items as they could, and the class bringing in the most items for the whole week would receive a special treat bag during their Christmas party. Mrs. Hoffman's students were each assigned a specific class to visit each morning to collect items brought in for the food drive. The students also had to record how many items were brought in each day on a spreadsheet and track running totals for the week. Each morning after the count was taken, a student volunteer would announce over the school's PA system which class was in the lead. ‘It is a great community service project to get my students involved with and teaches them to help others. The idea came after a classroom discussion we had after a writing prompt. My students were excited about the project and welcomed the responsibility,’ said Mrs. Hoffman.