Three-hundred-and-fifty-four turkeys were collected at the annual turkey drive at morning drop-off, Nov. 20.
As 278 turkeys were collected last year, this year’s goal was 279. And that goal was beaten by 75 turkeys.
Students, parents and faculty were encouraged to bring fresh or frozen turkeys, which were donated to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Center.
If people could not provide a turkey, they could donate money, which was used to buy more turkeys.
The turkey drive was started in 2011 by freshman Luca Procida and his mother, Christy, when Luca was in fifth grade.
“Luca had been donating turkeys many years before, but in fifth grade he decided that he wanted to include his class,” Christy said.
The first goal was for each student in the class to bring in a turkey, which totaled 43. That year, 101 turkeys were collected.
The next year Luca asked headmaster Stephen Repsher if the turkey drive could become a schoolwide event, and it did.
—By Jack Christian