Farmington High School senior Lindsay Bahling said this year was the first time she knew for sure there were homeless people in her community.
The knowledge served as a wake-up call for Bahling, who serves as FHS Student Council vice president.
It was enough to motivate Bahling, who was among student council members who dove into this year’s canned good drive to benefit the Farmington Area Goodfellows.
And the charitable giving was at a premium; the drive collected some 10,300 cans, more than triple last year’s total.
“We learned this year we have homeless people here at our school. … It makes everything real,” Bahling said. “You think people who don’t have food are not in our community, then you learn they are.”
A lot fewer people were hungry this Thanksgiving following the drive. Teachers used motivational tactics in their classrooms. Teachers formed teams, held competitions and used incentives like a “fiesta” party, a chance …