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Community colleges face off for canned goods competition

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 10/24/2013 9:40 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- This holiday season, Itawamba Community College and Northeast Community College are competing against each other for the same goal.

Students at both colleges are using a competition to collect food for the "Food for Families Food Drive."

Both colleges will compete from November 11-15 in hopes of collecting the most food.

"I think it is awesome that we can make a competition out of helping people eat well for Thanksgiving," NEMCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Vice President of Community Service Ben Williams said.

Both schools are doing this competition through their Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapters.

They said it helps them fulfill the organization's goals.

"What PTK is about is fellowship, scholarship, and service and this is part of our service," ICC Phi Theta Kappa President Sarah Guess said.

Both teams plan to spread word throughout their campuses about the competition, but these students said there will not be any issue getting people to donate.

"To see college students, get together to bring canned goods to people who are in need... it just brings joy to my heart," Guess said.

The teams said one of the best things about this competition is that it boosts campus morale.

"Get everybody involved and it just brings everybody together," Williams said. "Competition is the root of all success."

"It's great to have friendly competition, but at the same time, the real message is giving back to our community," Guess said.

And, of course, it doesn't hurt that the winning school gets bragging rights.

Both schools say this competition will be fun for everyone involved.
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