Hollenbeck Middle’s Annual Turkey Trot

Posted on 11/29/2017
Hollenbeck Middle’s Annual Turkey Trot

It’s the season of giving, and Hollenbeck Middle is right at the front of the effort. Every year, the students and staff take part in their Turkey Trot, an event that mixes physical fitness and charitable giving. This year, the Turkey Trot collected nearly 400 cans of food for the Francis Howell School District Mobile Market.

Andrea Mannino is a social studies teacher at Hollenbeck, but makes sure she finds time every year to lead the Turkey Trot, as she has for the last decade. “The turkey trot is a one-mile run around our campus,” Mannino said. “We hope it promotes being healthy and active over the Holidays.”

However, it’s not just about getting the kids up and moving. The bigger facet is what it means to the community – healthy meals for some hungry families. “To enter the trot,” Mannino said, “participants brought two canned goods that we collected this year for our FHSD Mobile Market.”

The FHSD Mobile Market is a partnership with Sodexo, the District’s food service provider, and the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Monthly distribution started in September, to help families within the District by providing nutritious produce and perishable items, as well as canned goods, to those in need free of charge. All people need to do is call their school’s guidance office for a Mobile Market voucher, and then pick up the items on the designated day and time. The next Mobile Market event will be held in time for the Christmas season, on Dec. 13. In 2018, the Mobile Market is scheduled for Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 14, April 25, and May 9.

“The Turkey Trot collected about 350-400 cans,” Mannino said, “and we hope that this shows our students the importance of helping people in times of need.

Already noticing the lesson, some Hollenbeck students plan to give up their free time to help personally distribute the items. “Our STL (Student team of leadership) group is volunteering at the Mobile Market distribution day November 29.”

If you have questions about the FHSD Mobile Market, please call Greg Vest at 636-851-5864.

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