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December 16, 2009 > School district friendly food collecting competition

School district friendly food collecting competition

By Dustin Findley

Each year, Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) hosts the Jack Emery Food Drive. Students in all MUSD schools collect canned groceries for the Milpitas Food Pantry.

Members of the Board of Education (and friends) join this endeavor by challenging district office personnel to a friendly competition. Traditionally, each team's cans are stacked on opposing sides at a board meeting and attendees select the winner by applause. This year, the goal was 1,204 cans.

Winners received a trophy sculpted by Board Member Dan Bobay: a golden duck and a hand holding a can. Flags representing the executive staff and school board are placed in strategic locations on the duck determined by their relative positions in the current year's competition. According to School Superintendent Karl Black, the winning team's flag is planted on the duck's head and the losing side's flag goes on the tail or "the other end."

This year, the executive office collected a goal-breaking 1,376 cans but the board triumphed with an extraordinary effort of 2,099 cans. Black presented the duck trophy to Board President Mike Mendizabal.

"This is going to feed a lot of families in this very tough time" said Black.

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