Students from Winterboro and Talladega County Central high schools collaborated to take part in the “Blue Classic” fundraising contest.
The rival schools wanted to give back to the community in some way and came up with the idea to hold a “penny drop” to donate to Alabama Childhood Food Solutions.
“The rivalry is huge, and we wanted to do something a little different this year to build
commodity between schools,” Winterboro Principal Emily Harris said.
Alabama Childhood Food Solutions donates food to students in 40-plus area schools and Boys and Girls clubs. Proceeds from collected pennies at both schools will go to the food solutions organization to help fight local childhood hunger.
“The students are having a blast and are really coming together and bonding for the common good,” Harris said.
The winner was announced during Friday’s football game between the schools. Winterboro defeated TCC in the penny drop. The schools collectively raised $1,800.
The losing team’s principal, Quentin Lee, had to wear the opposing team's shirt during the remainder of the game.
“Winterboro may have won the penny drop, but the real winners are the children from both schools,” Harris said.
Winterboro is comprised of grades 5-12, and TCC includes grades 7-12.
“Principal Lee … and I both felt it was important to put leadership in the hands of the students,” Harris said.
Last year, students of both schools collected and donated cans to the Red Door Kitchen in Talladega.
This year, the schools chose something that would impact them directly.
Every Friday, ACFS donates food bags to students living in low-income households or families who are in poverty.
“We send bags out to about 80 students, and I know (Talladega County Central) sends out some as well,” Harris said.
The bags contain items such as bread, peanut butter, crackers and fruit. The bags add up to about 3,000 calories.
“It was awesome to see both school communities collaborate together in fun for a worthwhile cause. It goes to show how our rivalry is exceptional,” Harris said.
For questions regarding Alabama Food Solutions, or to donate call, 256-245-6115