BMS students rally to help HOPE

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By Greg Summers

The outcome of the annual football clash between Clemson and the University of South Carolina may not be decided until late Saturday, but one winner has already been named, and that’s HOPE in Lancaster.

Thanks to the efforts of the 480-plus students at Buford Middle School, HOPE received 2,102 items for its food pantry last week.

Now in is sixth year, BMS students split into Gamecocks and Tigers to see which group of fans could raise the most food for the local charity. The drive was held Nov. 8 –16.

“The kids really responded,” said Todd Smith, Buford Middle School guidance counselor. “Our goal was 1,893 items, which students raised last year, and they exceeded it. ”

Smith said the homeroom of sixth grade teacher Adrianne Langley won a pizza party for collecting the most food items. 

“All of them did a super job,” Smith said. “We’re very proud of them.”

Thanks to the USC team victory, BMS Assistant Principal Chris Timmons, a CU die-hard, had to wear a wig and dress while directing traffic in front of the school gym on Tuesday, Nov. 20. 

Smith said another Tigers’ supporter, school Principal Sheri Wells, will be in a dunking booth at an upcoming school function since the Gamecocks won the BMS food drive bragging rights. 

“I think we’re going to wait until it’s a little warmer to do that,” Smith said, laughing.

HOPE needs

HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, is in immediate need of the following items for its food pantry:

– Any juice

– Canned meats

– Canned milk

– Canned sweet potatoes

– Canned tomatoes

– Cereal 

– Diabetic foods

– Dried beans

– Flour  

– Jelly                  

– Peanut butter                   

– Self-rising corn meal 

– Spaghetti sauce                 

– Stuffing mix  

– Sugar               

– Vegetable oil         

For details, call (803) 286-4673.