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There’s another new twist to the annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota.

“We have asked neighboring districts to join the cause with us,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “Lakota will go up against Mason City Schools and Middletown City Schools, with each district working to pack a school bus with the most canned goods and other needed items.” Each district’s final collection will go to a local relief organization serving their communities.

This year, the food drive will end to coincide with National Make a Difference Day on October 27.  “Our drive will give us a chance to show that when the Lakota community comes together, we can make a huge difference,” said Miller. “But in the end, the real winners of this friendly competition will be the three relief organizations.”

This is the 11th year for the district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota, which is sponsored by the Lakota Board of Education.

“The annual food drive is a long-standing Lakota tradition that our students, staff and residents have always supported,” said Lakota Board President Julie Shaffer.

Lakota will kick off its drive at the Oct. 5 East vs. West football game (7 p.m. at East), where the community will be invited to bring their donations to the game. Click here to view a flyer, including a list of items most needed by Reach Out Lakota.

The drive will continue through Oct. 26 with donation bins available in every Lakota school. The food drive bus will make stops at each school to collect donations. The final collection points will be Oct. 26 at the last home games of the year (East vs. Sycamore and West vs. Colerain, both at 7 p.m.)

The “Stuff the Bus” theme was introduced for last year’s food drive. “We doubled our usual intake of 18-20,000 pounds of food to nearly 40,000 in 2017!” said Peyton Gravely, CEO and Executive Director for Reach Out Lakota. “We are grateful for the strong partnership with Lakota schools and are excited about this year’s event.”

The district-wide food drive and other collections held at Lakota schools account for 75 percent of the annual food donations stocking the shelves at Reach Out Lakota.

FOOTBALL GAME: 10/5/18 – Lakota West vs. Lakota East(“STUFF THE BUS” Food Drive)
GAME TIME: 7:00 p.m.

TICKET INFORMATION: Advance Student Sale $5.00/All Tickets at the Gate $8.00
PASSES: Lakota East/GMC passes accepted- (NO WEST PASSES)
HALFTIME INFORMATION: The Marching Thunderhawks will perform at halftime.

Special Band Announcement: East-West Football Game
Dear Lakota East and West Parents, Guardians and Community Members:

We want to make you aware of a change during our halftime entertainment at the annual East-West football game, which takes place on Friday evening.

Due to Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, halftime may not exceed 20 minutes during a high school football game. During games in the Greater Miami Conference, the home school’s marching band often performs the halftime show and the visitor’s band may choose to perform at the conclusion of the game.

In the past, the marching bands at both Lakota East and West have performed a shortened version of their shows at the annual intra-district game. This requires both bands to significantly modify their shows. We recognize the hard work and dedication that our student musicians put into creating a spectacular halftime production. With only 20 minutes to perform, we do not want to force either group to cut their performances short. Our talented student musicians deserve to be able to perform their entire show.

This year, Lakota East will perform its full show during halftime. Due to a previously scheduled practice early the following morning, the Lakota West marching band has decided to not perform following the game. Both marching bands will still perform the National Anthem together before the game.

We are sorry that you will not be able to see both bands perform their full shows on Friday. We encourage you to attend a football game at both schools this season so that you may see the exceptionally talented musicians we have at Lakota.

Suzanna Davis         G. Elgin Card
Principal                    Principal
Lakota East               Lakota West