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WPS collects thousands of items for Turkey Drive

WPS collects thousands of items for Turkey Drive

Turkey Drive 2018 Thank you for all who helped support the United Methodist Open Door Turkey Drive on November 17, in partnership with B98FM. The Wichita Waterwalk served as the drop off location for the schools, district offices and for downtown Wichita. This year the schools and district collected 2,525 turkeys, 25,966 side items and $13,376.73.

Watch the WPS-TV story about the Turkey Drive.

See photos from the Turkey Drive.

Many schools showed their spirit when they dropped off their turkeys and donations. West High students arrived by parade with a covered wagon, Levy Special Education Center’s mascot led their arrival parade. OK Elementary and Adams Elementary students cheered and danced as they dropped off items, Southeast delivered their items in a large military vehicle. Robinson paid homage to the Turkey Drop from WKRP in Cincinnati. Northwest, Wilbur, Kensler, Peterson and Benton coordinated their deliveries together to show teamwork within their feeder pattern.

Schools have competitions between each other, which has helped the district’s participation in the Turkey Drive be successful.

The school awards are:

Most Items

High School
Large school – East
Small school – Heights
Biggest increase from last year – East and Heights 

Middle School
Large school – Hamilton
Small school – Allison 

K-8
Gordon Parks Academy 

Elementary
Large school – Isley
Medium school – Price-Harris
Small school – Earhart

Special Schools
Chester Lewis Academy

Non-attendance centers
IST – Data Center

Presentation

Elementary
Adams

K-8
Gordon Parks Academy

Middle School
Robinson

High School
Northwest Feeder Pattern

Special Schools
Levy

JROTC and Leadership Cadets from East, North, Heights and Pleasant Valley worked at the drop off site to help carry boxes and unload cars and trucks of their turkeys and canned goods.

Wal-Mart on west Kellogg partnered with the high schools to allow students to purchase numerous turkeys at a lower cost. Cargill provided a refrigerated truck to transport the frozen turkeys after they were delivered. The Wichita Waterwalk provided the location and the Kansas Foodbank provided storage for some of the donated items. Thank you to all the partners who helped United Methodist Open Door!   

This is the 13th year the Wichita Public Schools has participated in the Turkey Drive.