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In conjunction with Valley Baptist Health System, HCISD middle school and high school athletes came together to collect healthy cereal for the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley Inc.

The initiative ran from May 15-24 as a kickoff leading to Valley Baptist’s Cereal Drive.

“The fact that the students got involved in this initiative warms our hearts,” Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos said. “This is a great opportunity for the students to come together for a common cause and of course it is going to serve a community as a whole. I’m super proud of them.”

HCISD’s participation came as an initiative of the athletic department aiming to instill selfless service, a pillar of character promoted amongst district athletes.

“This is the first year that HCISD is involved,” Aquatics Coordinator Sandra Flinn said. “The students were given the background on why it is important to give back and how this initiative was one way we could help. We also explained what a healthy cereal looks like and the students brought the cereal boxes to their coaches. They did an awesome job. This is our first round and next year we hope to double it.”

The Food Bank of the RGV Inc. will be distributing the collected cereal throughout the RGV.

“We never have enough cereal, whether it is summer time or not,” Food Bank RGV Inc. CEO Terri Drefke said. “We have a little over 250 food pantries and feeding programs in three counties – Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy. So they will be able to access this cereal as they need it feeding the kids this summer. If somebody needs food assistance or wants to find out more about the programs we offer, they can call the food bank at 956-682-8101.”

There is also an online Cereal Drive donation component where anybody can contribute to the cause.

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