Wildcat math department crushes canned food drive

Senior Jasmine Aguirre, Associated Student Body pep commissioner, helps carry boxes of canned food in the Redlands East Valley math building on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. ASB students spent fourth period retrieving the over 5,000 cans and 5,000 pounds that were collected by the math department for Redlands Family Services. (Alyssa Ornelas/ Ethic Photo)


Redlands East Valley High School’s math department’s annual canned food drive officially concluded on Thursday, Nov. 21. Between the students from all grade levels, teachers from other departments, and staff members, the math department was able to set a new school record for donated items of 5692 items which ended up weighing a hefty total of 5019.6 pounds. 

The teachers in the math department participated to make it a friendly competition and inspire more contributions from everyone involved. 

The winning teacher was Mike Brougiere and his students, who together collected over 2000 food items. One of Brougiere’s winning strategies is recruiting teachers from other departments to contribute to the food drive. He has also been known to make school wide announcements via the bulletin encouraging all students to help donate food for the holidays, and to deliver the canned goods to his classroom in K-218.

Doug Porter, an AP Statistics and Math I teacher, said, “It’s a really good way to give back during the holiday season. The competition can get a little vicious, but it’s fun.”

Chad Golob, the Math II honors and Math III teacher, said “It’s a healthy competition, but Broguiere cheats.”

The Associated Student Body advisor, Matt Fashempour, who was also directly involved in organizing the food drive said, “I think it was a really great competition. It’s always seems to bring people to the next level and when the students and teachers are able to see who’s leading how many cans they have and it just ups the anti a little bit.”

All of the donations go to the Redlands Family Services that serves the Redlands community

Collecting over 2,000 cans, it was Mike Brogiere’s classes of 155 total students who won the competition. No other teacher came close to collected to that number. Juliann Ford, a Math III honors teacher who came in second place, collected almost 1,000 cans, less than half of what Brogiere’s classes collected.

Fashempour said, “It proved pretty effective because we actually set a record for how much we collected this year. We broke last year’s record which was a record breaker from the year before … We collected 5,296 items. It was 5,019.6 pounds of food.”

For winning the competition, Mike Brogiere’s classes will receive a big lunch on Dec. 4. The luncheon will consist of Jersey Mikes and pies, to name a few.

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://laplaza.press/2019/11/23/el-departamento-de-matematicas-wildcat-aplasta-la-colecta-de-alimentos-enlatados/

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