WINNSBORO — The Believers and Achievers of Fairfield County partnered with Fairfield Elementary School for a canned food drive last week, and the students responded to the challenge in a big way.
The school as a whole collected more than 2,200 canned goods that were donated to the Fairfield Community Food Bank.
Friday, the class with the most cans collected was rewarded when Darreyl Davis and the Believers and Achievers threw a pizza party.
The winning class was Marian Simmons’ pre-kindergarten class. Simmons said she was proud of her group of 4-year-olds.
“We’re very competitive and we have very good parental support. All of them showed out and they all brought a lot,” she said.
The class, which consists of 13 children, collected 275 of the 2,246 total cans.
Dr. Tammy Martin, principal of Fairfield Elementary School, echoed Simmons’ sentiments on the quality of her students.
“We can accomplish anything,” Martin said. “We’ve always been the school with the most challenges, but when you give us a challenge, over the years, we have improved. And that’s with life skills and life-long guidelines, those are the core values that we have, and it has transformed our school.”
Davis was thrilled just for the opportunity to continue working to help the community, but said he has even greater goals in mind.
“If we can get 2,000 (cans), I know we can get 5,000,” he said.
Wanda Painter was on hand from the food bank to personally thank the students.
“We really, really appreciate all of your help, whether you brought one can or five cans or 10 cans,” Painter said. “Every bit of it is used back in Fairfield County and I think y’all deserve a round of applause.”
The class was also presented with medals for their achievement.
Stephanie Fanning, wife of the Olde English Consortium’s executive director Mike Fanning, presented those and was thrilled to be able to recognize the class for their efforts.
“This means that a lot of citizens in Fairfield County will be able to eat. It means a lot to us to give back to the community,” she said.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.