Students at Broadneck Senior High School have adopted 60 county families for the holiday.
The 30 clubs at the school are collecting non-perishable items and cans, money, clothes and toys for the families during homeroom period each morning. The can drive that began Dec. 1 has collected 2,000 cans. The Distributive Education Clubs of America or DECA is spearheading the drive.
In order to purchase turkeys, hams and pumpkin pies, the clubs are selling sno-cones at home basketball games. They hope to raise $1,000 to $1,300 to purchase the turkeys and hams. They have $700 toward the effort.
Persons receiving the baskets will have them delivered to their home by a student two days before Christmas, said Nicki Cox, a student and DECA member.
Former Broadneck students who attend Anne Arundel Community College have decided to carry on the food drive tradition and have asked their class, "Introduction to Western Civilization," to participate.
"The whole school is involved," said Glen Brainer, teacher-adviser for DECA. "Teachers are really pushing the kids to get active. The custodial staff and kitchen has helped by supplying boxes and food."
Last year the school adopted 45 families. Each family this year will receive 200 canned goods, a turkey or ham and a pie. Names have been supplied by the department of social services.
"It's important that the students learn to give back to the community," said Brainer. "We're hoping they carry it on and learn how important it is to help others. We teach them that business must give back to the community. It also has encouraged school spirit."
The homeroom which brings in the most cans will receive a party of cake, pizza, music and sodas at the end of the drive.