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Reigning champs keep Pack the Bus title

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 11/22/2013 8:01 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Tremont Attendance Center student Audrey Yielding said this time of year is busy for her school.

For the last month, Itawamba County students competed against one another to collect the most food for Pack the Bus.

"We get really excited about it," Yielding said. "There is a lot of work that is put in and it's worth it."

The school won the event this year after collecting more than 10,000 pounds of food.

Tremont has also won the last two years.

"We compete more amongst ourselves than anything and just challenge ourselves to do as much as we can," Yielding said.

Principal Brady Ramey said the school puts on competitions throughout the month to get students to donate more.

"We like having that title of being such a giving school," Ramey said.

He said the goal is to get the students to learn the importance of helping others.

"[This event] teaches them how to be responsible citizens," Ramey said. "Part of being a citizen in the US is being willing to help those who are less fortunate."

The county coordinator for the MSU Extension Office, Romona Edge, agrees that Pack the Bus is just as much about the students as it is about collecting food.

"[It's all about] the involvement of the students, and they see the needs of others and they really get into it," Edge said.

The students said they are getting the message.

"A lot of people think the older you are the more mature you are, but I really do think this has helped us mature a lot as individuals," Tremont Attendance Center student Lakyn Todd said.

Yielding said the school wouldn't have been able to collect so much food without the rest of the community.

"We have a lot of support in our community," Yielding said. "They have big hearts and it is just really great for them to be able to help us."

The 27,000 pounds of food raised at the event will stay in Itawamba County.
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