Thursday, March 4, 2021

Moline kids eat donuts to help others buy clothes


The donut-eating contest at 7 AM Wednesday, Dec 3, at Moline High School was described as a “sweet competition for a good cause” by reporter Ashley Richmond of WHBF-TV (CBS affiliate) in the Quad Cities.

The contest kicked off the school’s 65th annual “Share Joys” drive, which provides funds needy families can use to purchase shoes and clothing for elementary and middle school students in the district.

“The kids kind of go from worrying about what they’re going to get for Christmas to thinking about what others need and helping others get what they need for Christmas, and I think they see it’s a much better feeling, helping others get what they need,” the station quoted Allison Ryser, a counselor at Moline High School and organizer of Share Joys, as saying.

And the donut-eating contest was just the first of many events at the western Illinois high school: there was also an auction later that evening. Share Joys donations can still be made by emailing Kelly Head, president of the school’s parent-teacher-student association, at

Students at the high school also collected more than 23,000 pounds of canned and other non-perishable food for the River Bend Foodbank in the 29th annual Student Hunger drive. The value of Moline’s contribution was estimated at almost $35,000.

If the people ahead of you in the checkout line run short of money, would you offer to help pay? Does it matter what they’re buying, what they look like, how they act? See Common Core writing standard WHST.11-12.1.B for more information.

Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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