The Panther Press

Banks Get Involved in Crosstown Showdown Food Drive

Off the FieldGreg Higgins
With cans in hand at the Kiwanis lunch meeting from left are Paris ISD superintendent Paul Jones, PHS Key Club officers Anna Grace Thrasher and Sloan Clay, Kiwanis Club president Don Dickerson, NLHS Key Club officers Michaela Smith and Katie Kilcrease, and North Lamar ISD superintendent John McCullough. The Crosstown Showdown food drive between Paris and North Lamar is all about helping the community

With cans in hand at the Kiwanis lunch meeting from left are Paris ISD superintendent Paul Jones, PHS Key Club officers Anna Grace Thrasher and Sloan Clay, Kiwanis Club president Don Dickerson, NLHS Key Club officers Michaela Smith and Katie Kilcrease, and North Lamar ISD superintendent John McCullough. The Crosstown Showdown food drive between Paris and North Lamar is all about helping the community

Public Information Officers, Carla Coleman of NLISD (left), and Jeanne Kraft of PISD (right), tape on posters to collection boxes for Bill Coleman of Liberty National Bank.

Public Information Officers, Carla Coleman of NLISD (left), and Jeanne Kraft of PISD (right), tape on posters to collection boxes for Bill Coleman of Liberty National Bank.

Over the years the Crosstown Showdown football game has spurred some fun rivalry between the North Lamar Panthers and the Paris Wildcats.  There have been a prank or two between students or student groups, spirited chants across the volleyball courts by fans, and bonfires designed to prime the players and fans for the big Friday night game.  And it doesn’t stop there because the Paris community generally falls into one category or the other supporting one team or the other.

This year the districts’ superintendents, John McCullough of North Lamar ISD and Paul Jones of Paris ISD, designed a Crosstown Showdown challenge that would bring a healthy rivalry between districts yet be for the good of the community.  A ‘Can the Wildcats’-‘Can the Panthers’ Food Drive was set into play with proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club of Paris to help meet the needs of Paris and Lamar County families at Christmas.  

Guaranty Bank & Trust joins as a collection site for the Paris- North Lamar Crosstown Showdown Food Drive.  From left are Jeanne Kraft of PISD, Guaranty representatives Jerimy Bell, Kenny Dority, and Tina Skidmore, and Carla Coleman of NLISD.

Guaranty Bank & Trust joins as a collection site for the Paris- North Lamar Crosstown Showdown Food Drive.  From left are Jeanne Kraft of PISD, Guaranty representatives Jerimy Bell, Kenny Dority, and Tina Skidmore, and Carla Coleman of NLISD.

Since beginning the challenge, local businesses, Liberty National Bank and Guaranty Bank & Trust, have joined the challenge by placing collection boxes for Paris ISD and North Lamar ISD at their various locations for customers and community members.  Campuses at each district have drop off boxes for students or others who wish to contribute. 

The contest between the two school districts ends Friday, November 6 at the Crosstown Showdown in Wildcat Stadium.  The winner will be announced at halftime and the victor will receive a special trophy and prize compliments of Lamar Electric and the Kiwanis Club Community Services Committee.