VERNON- Vernon Middle and High School ended the semester by giving back to the community, and in a big way.

According to Principal Brian Riviere, the school donated food to families in the Vernon Area who were struggling

“The food drive is an annual event we do to assist struggling families in the Vernon area,” Riviere said. “In past years, we set our goal at 100 hams or turkeys plus non perishable sides. This year I wanted to challenge that goal and we set it at 200 hams or turkeys.”

Riveiere said the school exceeded this goal, by providing over 200 meals compete with a ham or turkey as well as sides to go with it. A local church assembled 30 back packs with healthy snacks and easy to prepare meals to assist our students.

“Washington County schools provide every student with a free breakfast and lunch daily,” he said. “When our students aren’t with us, we want to ensure they have a few quickly prepared meals to sustain them.”