About two weekends ago, local school superintendents prepared 3,200 packets of food at the Midwest Food Bank in Peoria.
The group of 17 volunteers was from the Central Illinois Valley region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, an advocacy organization for superintendents and other school administrators. The region covers Peoria, Mason, Tazewell and Woodford counties.
Patrick Martin, superintendent of District 50 in Washington, helped organize the region's first service day project after hearing a presentation at a Rotary Club meeting about the food bank. "Most superintendents are active in their own communities. We decided to do something on a larger scale as a group," he said.
It was the second time in a month that Roger Alvey, superintendent of Elmwood District 322, worked as a volunteer at the food bank. "Working there makes you realize you take a lot of things for granted, and how difficult life is for many families," he said.
The food bank is a not-for-profit, nondenominational organization that gathers food donations from national corporations and distributes them at no charge to social service organizations and at disaster sites.
Volunteers such as the school superintendents repackage donated food for distribution to food pantries and into disaster relief boxes.Source
Superintendents who volunteered at the food bank…
Patrick Martin, Washington District 50
Roger Alvey, Elmwood District 322
Chad Allaman, Washington District 51
John Asplund, Farmington Central District 265
Don Beard, Tremont District 702
Jeanne Davis, Creve Coeur District 76
Mike Dickson, North Pekin/Marquette Heights District 102
Tim Dotson, Limestone Walters District 316
Shannon Duling, Princeville District 326
Jim Dunnan, Washington District 308
Allan Gresham, Limestone District 310
Sam Light, Illini Bluffs District 327
Nick Polyak, Illinois Valley Central District 321
John Tignor, Washington District 52
Randy Toepke, Metamora District 122
Chad Wagner, Oak Grove District 68
Steve Yarnall, Deer Creek-Mackinaw District 701.