As announced October 19, the superintendents of North Lamar ISD and Paris ISD, John McCullough and Paul Jones, joined forces in a friendly but fierce competitive food drive to aid the efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Paris. The competition ended Friday night at the Crosstown Showdown football game.
Superintendent John McCullough said, “The food drive proved to be successful in that many Paris and Lamar County families will be served this holiday season. This brought the two districts and the community together in a fun way leading up to the Crosstown Showdown game.”
The Can the Panthers, Can the Wildcats Food Drive generated over 875 food boxes for the Kiwanis Club of Paris to distribute to families identified by the Salvation Army in Lamar County. The final tally was Paris 19,300 and North Lamar 15,727. Paris and North Lamar Public Information Officers Jeanne Kraft and Carla Coleman led these efforts.
The special trophy was presented to Superintendent Jones and is compliments of Jerry Williams of Lamar Electric and the Kiwanis Club Community Services Committee, who is co-chaired by Rudy Kessel and Robert High. Christmas food baskets are just one example of the ways money raised during Kiwanis Pancake Days is returned to the community.
In addition, each district received a check for $250 to aid in helping students this holiday season.
The two school districts would like to thank the members of the community who donated items for this year’s food drive.