Nearly 400 Pies Donated for 25th Annual High School Pie Drive
The Pie Drive at Whitesboro High School completed its 25th year on Tuesday, Nov. 20 as students, some faculty members and retirees once again volunteered their time to prepare Thanksgiving desserts for area charities – the Utica Rescue Mission and the First Presbyterian Church.
Students, parents, staff, school clubs and organizations have offered huge support by contributing cash donations that are used to purchase the ingredients to make the apple and pumpkin pies, which were donated to the agencies for their Thanksgiving dinners. Due to the generosity of so many, the Pie Drive continued over the years to expand further into the community where the need was greatest by assisting the charities that work so hard to provide for those in need.
Beginning at 7:35 Thursday morning, Nov. 15, students of Family & Consumer Science classes began the pie making relay. By the end of Thursday, 240 pumpkin pies had been made. The snow day on Friday, Nov. 16 stalled the Pie Drive for a day but the push continued Monday, Nov. 19 when the apple pies were made. The Pie Drive ended on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12:00 when the First Presbyterian Church arrived to pick up their pies. Former Whitesboro teachers Dick and Linda Thomas have been picking the pies up and delivering them to the church for 15 years. The Pie Drive was completed at 1:20 when the last of the pies were loaded onto the Rescue Mission van.
A total of 390 pies were made this year. Some students gave up their lunch periods, study halls and stayed after school to participate. The Food and Nutrition students have been trained in the art of pie making and the Pie Drive offered them an opportunity to use this new skill for the benefit of others. With perseverance and generous donations from so many, including Twin Orchards who generously offered their apples at a reduced rate each year, the 25th Annual Pie Drive was once again a success.
“Most of our students love to cook and look forward to the Pie Drive as an opportunity to demonstrate what they can do to help those in the greater community who need our support,” said Ellen Gallagher, Family & Consumer Science teacher. “Harnessing the energy and talents of our teens and putting that energy to productive humanitarian use is wonderful to witness and be a part of.”