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Guest Opinion: We all win with Food Bowl

The results are in, and once again the traveling “Montesano-Elma Food Bowl Trophy” gets to remain within the walls of Montesano Junior-Senior High School. More importantly, however, is the huge amount of effort from both Elma High School and Montesano High School that went into this year’s Food Bowl competition.

Between both school communities, more than 30,000 pounds of food was collected and $60,000 in cash was raised. These figures are absolutely astounding, and of course, have broken all past food and money collection records.

All of eastern Grays Harbor County should be very proud of their youth for carrying on the tradition of the Food Bowl competition.

We are all “winners” in this event! I can tell you that the school climate in Montesano during Food Bowl week is very positive, exciting, upbeat and energizing.

From the grade schools to the junior-senior high school, the majority of our students and staff get very involved in helping raise money and collecting food.

Under the guidance of Mrs. Anne Ekerson, the students in her leadership class led us through several fundraising and food-collecting activities this past week.

A big “thank you” goes to all involved, whether you participated in one of the many competitions, bought auction items, donated food or money, performed in the talent show, worked and/or ate at McTakeover, or helped load or unload food.

All of your hard work is very much appreciated.

The generosity shown in food and money donations from both Montesano and Elma residents is overwhelming! This is most definitely an outpouring of love in the spirit of giving.

I am very proud to live in a community of people who care so deeply about such an important issue.

May God bless each and every one of you.

Teri Zillyett is a business owner and teacher who lives in Montesano.

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