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Morris, Hancock collect 5,000 pounds of food

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MORRIS – This week, students in the Morris Area and Hancock school districts participated in a competitive food drive for the Stevens County Food Shelf.

Hancock, the winning school, collected more food per student than Morris Area High School. As the winning school, Hancock received a traveling trophy. Morris Area BPA Advisor Dylan Viss and high school Principal Craig Peterson were also forced to wear Hancock football jerseys for a day.

Between the two schools, participants raised nearly $6,000 and over 5,000 pounds of food. In addition, MAHS will be donating half of the money the school raised, about $1,600, to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts in the Philippines. Two Morris Area staff members, teacher Kevin Pope and technology director Stephen Lien, have family who were affected by the typhoon that hit the area in early November.

“Overall, it was great to team up with Hancock and have such amazing results,” said Viss. “Both schools really pulled together to do something great for this community.”

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting.