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Eastlake High School and Col. John O. Ensor Middle School teamed up with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank to donate meals to almost 300 families in a food drive at Ensor Middle School.
“Any time you can give back to the community, you know you are doing something right,” said Gilbert Martinez, principal at Eastlake High School. “One of our mottos here at Eastlake High School is take care of yourself, take care of your school and, most importantly, take care of each other, and that is exactly what we did during this food drive.”
The first food drive, which was a few weeks prior, was initially aimed for the Ensor and Eastlake community, and just under 200 families arrived.
The team effort resulted in a successful contactless food drive where the items were placed in the trunk of the families’ cars as they pulled into the parking lot, in mid-December.
Communities In Schools coordinator for Col. John O. Ensor Middle School Adsmin Campos said they wanted to expand the next food drive to the entire Eastlake High School feeder pattern and ended up helping families in four zip codes across the El Paso area.
“We all came together, and everything went really smooth,” Campos said. “I am so glad to be part of this community because we make a great team to help others.”
The El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank provided the meals for the food drive with distribution help from Ensor and Eastlake staff and administrators as well as SISD police directing traffic.
“This definitely shows that the Ensor family really cares about their students, their families and community. We really appreciate that they’re helping everyone,” said Amanda Stanco, a parent from Col. John O. Ensor Middle School and Horizon Heights Elementary School.
The CIS coordinators reached out to the families via email, Twitter and Facebook posts in order to help promote the food drive. The families registered online before showing up to the food drive to make the process run more smoothly.
“We are planning to continue doing these food drives at least twice a month,” said CIS coordinator at Eastlake High School Martha Campos. “We will continue sending out flyers to those who are already registered and try our best to reach out to more community members for the next food drives in January.”