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Kennewick students "stuff the bus" with food donations

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Some Eastgate Elementary students rode the bus Tuesday, not to get to school, but to deliver food donations to Second Harvest.

Kennewick School District Transportation Manager, Ethan Schwebke, organized the food drive with the help of bus drivers, to collect enough food to stuff a bus. Schools collected so much food, 3,778 pounds of it, that they had to put overflow in another truck. Also, a forklift has to be used to get the food from the bus to the warehouse.

Some 5th graders from Eastgate were selected to help deliver the food Tuesday morning. Kalani Silver says,

"We just wanted to help people in need because they don't have as much as us."

5th grader Cynthia Wade says she wanted to help others "so they'll be healthy and happy they got food."

Salomon Martinez, also in 5th grade at Eastgate, says, "It feels good to help out people. That's why I wanted to collect cans and all stuff that can be stored because some people don't get food every night."

Second Harvest says it's grateful for the big donation during a great time of need.

Kennewick School District says it plans to try to stuff a bus again later this year or next year.