Fall in Plano means football and football means pep rallies, but the rally held Wednesday, September 30 at John Paul II High School wasn’t to encourage and support their team, it was to thank an entire student body of 800 for an outstanding effort supporting the North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program.

This was the second year Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere challenged the city’s high schools to contribute one thousand jars of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank and the catholic high school met that challenge in 2014.

This year the mayor told the students he was blown away by their month-long effort which gathered a total of 1566 jars or almost two tons of peanut butter!

“Nothing is greater than seeing our youth supporting other youth,” Mayor LaRosiliere told the gathering. He congratulated school president Thomas Poore and ended his visit with what else, a round of “selfies” with Poore, cheerleaders and the student body in the background.

The following collection of photos by Mike Newman were taken at John Paul II High School in Plano: [print_gllr id=1172]

About: Food 4 Kids-Plano

It may come as a surprise, but hunger is a reality for a number of families in Plano.

  • 1 out of 5 children in Collin County are considered food insecure. That’s over 44,000, or 20% of children who might struggle to find their next meal.
  • Over 7,000, 29% of kids in 50 PISD early childhood and elementary schools are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere is committed to addressing the issue of food insecurity of chronically hungry early childhood and elementary school children in Plano by partnering with NTFB to provide them with a backpack filled with nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf stable food, every Friday during the school year. Each backpack contains at least 60% of a child’s nutritional needs for the weekend.

Through the Food 4 Kids – Plano (F4K – Plano) project, Mayor LaRosiliere and NTFB are motivating Plano’s corporations, individuals and families, faith and community organizations to raise the funds and hands to feed hungry children in their community.

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Mike Newman

Mike Newman is a native Texan, born and raised in east Dallas. After serving as a photographers mate in the U.S. Navy, including one tour of duty in Vietnam, he moved to Plano and joined the newspaper...