In answer to a challenge to the students of Big Bay de Noc to see which class could collect the most items for the Garden Food Pantry, the first-grade students of Elisha Dougherty were the winners with a total of 546 items donated. The youngsters, along with some seniors from the school, are pictured after loading Mary Gollakner's (second/third-grade teacher) and Shiloh LaButte's (student) trucks full of items the students collected. Students were challenged to bring in a ton of food so they could make a "ton of difference" in their community. All grades contributed to the collection. The students strongly felt it was their duty and happy obligation to help their community because the community gives so much back to them. The entire school was rewarded for their efforts with ice cream sandwiches by the School Improvement Team. The two top classes were also given a pizza party.
The eighth-grade class helping to load Elisha Gollakner’s truck in preparation for taking a ton of food to the Garden Food Bank. The eighth-graders came in second with 360 items donated in a competition among the grades to see which one could bring in the most items for Make a Difference Day. Ryan Barron’s class went around neighborhoods and collected from people who wanted to help make a difference.