WARREN, Mich. – For the past few years, De La Salle Collegiate has challenged its student population to donate rice – in bulk – to a local food pantry. The collection coincides with the annual De La Salle-Brother Rice football game.
This year’s game is this Friday at Wayne State University’s Tom Adams Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Last September, De La Salle students collected 3,021 pounds of rice.
“I always say the goal is one pound per kid, so we reached that today already. The challenge is to beat last year’s goal,” Brother Robert Carnaghi said. “The football game is why we do it. It’s just strictly done because it’s the Brother Rice game. As I say, let the team beat Rice on the field, and we’ll beat them every other way.”
Once again, the school will donate the collected rice to an area charity.
The Brother Rice football game and Spirit Week, which leads up to next weekend’s Homecoming festivities, has always been a great time for students to provide service for those in the community that are less fortunate.
Next week, students groups – known as Squadrons – will attempt to out-raise each other by collecting loose change.
“It’s amazing,” Brother Bob said. “Wait until you see the other challenges as Mission Drive donations start next week. The jugs are so full that we have to have strong men carry them over to the bank to be counted.
“In that collection, bills are negatives, coins are positive. So kids are told to put bills in any jug but yours. Coins in yours, but put your bills in any other jugs.”
Next week’s Mission Drive will benefit a Lasallian school in Kenya.