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Day: November 23, 2011

Gators to be a force behind Elks food drive

(KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald) David Whetzel’s class at Gubser Elementary School is heading up a food drive in support of the Keizer Elks annual food basket program.

Of the Keizertimes

Gubser Elementary School teacher David Whetzel believes in the school’s giving spirit so strongly that he’s willing to put his hair on the line.

If the school meets it’s holiday food drive goal of 2,800 pounds, Whetzel and fellow Gubser teacher David Baumer have agreed to have their heads shaved.

Whetzel’s blended class of third and fourth graders is heading up the drive to collect food for the Keizer Elks annual food basket program. The organization collects food and other items for donation to local families and military families in need.

“I think the food drive is about Thanksgiving. It’s coming up and those people can’t afford [food],” said Gator Parker Ostrom.

“It’s to give food for people who can’t afford it and for people who are less fortunate,” added Ryder Chistensen.

The food drive began Monday, Nov. 14 and will continue through Dec. 9, said Nico Maldonado.

In addition to the overall goals, the class with the most items donated in Gubser’s C-Pod will get to choose one of the instructors to receive a pie in the puss. The other classes with the most items donated will get to choose who shaves Whetzel’s and Baumer’s heads. Each class is also tracking its intake on graph paper outside their rooms, which allows teachers to incorporate some math lessons into the fun.

While the food drive is meant as a way to promote student involvement, it’s also become a tribute to Whetzel’s father, a longtime member of the Elks who passed away last March.

“This is another way of honoring his memory and continuing that legacy,” Whetzel said.