From left, Maddox Naylor, Michael Davis, Maddox Southern, Andy Bankster and Caleb Rameriez. The group of seventh grade students at Hartselle Junior High School recently collected and donated 512 non-perishable food items to a local food pantry.  

Hartselle students collect food for good cause 

Seventh grade students at Hartselle Junior High School recently banded together to make a difference in their community.  

Maddox Naylor, Michael Davis, Maddox Southern, Andy Bankster and Caleb Rameriez are in Natalie Johnson’s civics class at HJHS, and as seventh graders, they participate in the American Character Program through Liberty Learning. Part of the program includes a service project.  

Johnson said the group decided on a canned food drive on their own for the project, placed donation boxes at several high-traffic locations in town and had help from their parents with social media.  

All together the canned food drive collected 512 non-perishable items to the Good Samaritan charity at First Methodist Church of Hartselle.  

Good Samaritan chairman Joy Groover said she was brought to tears when the donation was made.  

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Groover said. “I still can’t believe it. We are so thankful.”  

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