Team Leadership students pose with Arturo Ponce, left, and Dora Ponce, far right. Dora Ponce said the donations both classes gathered for UMMAM was a miracle – their food bank sat empty until the donations were received Thursday morning. Daily Leader photo/Jessica Crawford
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
’Tis the season for giving and Liberal High School’s Team Leadership classes are in the spirit. With a little healthy competition, two classes gathered non-perishable food items that United Methodist Mexican American Ministries was grateful to receive.
Kathy Croy and Chris Perkins’ Team Leadership classes decided in order to gather food for local families in need, a competition was in order. The terms of the agreement between the two classes stated the teacher of the losing class must dance and buy pizza for everyone. Perkins is fairly certain he is the guy that will be providing the food and entertainment.
“Kathy’s class won, I am sure,” Perkins said. “I have to dance, and I have to buy pizza, but that’s fine. These kids worked hard – it’s all them.”
LHS Senior and Team Leadership member, Jose “Pepe” Garcia, said he took the skills the class has taught him to Best Market in search of donations.
“I went to the Best Market, and I went to the manager and asked her if she would like to give a donation,” Garcia said. “I gave her a handshake and did everything Team Leadership has taught me. Then the big manager came at the right time. So, I shook his hand and made eye contact and asked him if he would like to make a donation. He said they did that all the time.
“They gave me a huge box full of gravy, potatoes, flour and all of that stuff,” he continued. “When I saw the box, I thought, ‘Wow.’ I am glad we will be able to feed a family or two with it.”
Garcia said Team Leadership has been a great way for students to not only become leaders, but truly live the part.
“Team Leadership gives you an idea to become a leader,” he said. “It helps you build more confidence in the way you talk to people. Team Leadership is a good program, I like it a lot. It teaches you a lot about self respect, self image and a lot of good things.”
Arturo and Dora Ponce of UMMAM were on hand to receive the gift from the students. The gift, Dora said, was nothing short of a miracle.
“We are planning to help the community with food baskets,” she said. “I believe in miracles because if you go and see our food bank, it is empty. This month we have food distribution and we were out. This is a blessing that we are receiving from them. We appreciate what they are doing for us.”
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