Linwood shows spirit

The Linwood Elementary Student Council shows off the nearly 1,000 items its food and toy drive raised in one week. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Elementary school’s holiday drive a wild success through first week

Clint Riese
News Editor

There’s more than just school spirit decking the halls of Linwood Elementary this month. Christmas spirit is in full swing as the ISD 831 facility’s annual food and toy drive has been a smashing success.

Through the first week of the drive, which was last week, the students had brought in double the amount that usually flows in over two or even three weeks.

So what’s behind the extra cheer? A good, old-fashioned boys-vs-girls rivalry, of course.

A new format pitting the genders helped bring in 929 items over five days. After a back-and-forth battle, the boys prevailed, 510-419.

Formerly, staff members took on the student body.

“The kids would always know they were going to win, so we decided we’d make it more competitive,” says Jake Janisezwski, advisor of the school’s student council, which runs the drive. “Boys versus girls, we’re at a thousand items in just the first week.”

This week brings a grade-level challenge with more pride on the line.

The drive’s bounty will be donated to Family Pathways in Forest Lake, just in time for the holidays.

“They’ve really been giving,” says fellow council advisor Sue Mullen. “It’s more than we’ve had in many years.”