BESSEMER - A.D. Johnston's Key Club got the whole school inspired to gather coats for those in need with winter approaching.
The students' first period classes competed against each other, with Tracy Rowe's class bringing in 40 of the 77 coats donated.
The children's coats will be donated to Washington Elementary students in need, with the remainder going to St. Vincent de Paul, Barbara Waara, Key Club advisor, said.
Principal Dan Vander Velden is congratulating the classes by bringing in donuts, Waara said.
November is devoted to a canned food drive, with collection in first hour classes, and the class that brings in the most cans will earn a breakfast, Waara said.
Key Club is hosting a Scholarship Blood Drive Nov. 22 in the library at the high school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Waara said. The goal is for at least 30 people to donate.
The last blood drive was so successful that eight potential donors were turned away, Waara said.
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TRACY ROWE'S first period class brought in 40 coats for A.D. Johnston's Key Club Coat Drive, which collected 77 coats in two weeks. From left to right are, back row: Mark Montonati, Key Club Treasurer Daniel Trekas, Nick Matonich, Trent Quade, Tristen Wanden, Zack Mazurec, Jess Mazzon, Paul Buerger, Dennis Aspinwall and Alec Nelson; second row: Key Club President Valerie Rowe, Sarah Rand, Lance Berwald, Jenika Laukka, Mikhayla Sampson, Key Club Vice President Megan Gabka, Nikki Lekies and Andrew Metas; front row: Hunter Reed, Key Club Secretary Molly Wieranga and teacher Tracy Rowe.