While basketball fans will be watching their brackets for the next couple of weeks, a local school is using March Madness as a way to feed the hungry this year! These Romona's Kids are in Bay Village.
St. Raphael Elementary School held a "March the Madness Out of Hunger" food drive.
"For every 25 cans you bring in you get a team, and if your team wins then you get a dress down day," said student Michael Nock.
Dressing down is a big deal when you wear uniforms every day. Students in all of the homerooms brought in hundreds of cans, so they each received numerous teams to watch in the tournament.
Kids sorted the items to get sent off to three local food pantries: St. Joseph Center in Lorain, plus St. Jerome and St. Malachi in Cleveland.
"It makes me feel good that I'm helping other families," said student Kendall Sak.
"Most of us, we can just go to the store and get whatever we need but a lot of the people we're giving this to can't do that, so it makes me feel really good that we're doing this," said student Gina Gerace.
"We've grown up doing things with our school to help the people who are less fortunate," said student Michaela Kelly.
"Starting in first grade, we make lunches for the Malachi Center, we do Blanket Sunday, we do Adopt-a-Family, to help the kids with less than us at Christmas," added student Mary Kelly.
27 top student donors got to take part in a basketball shootout against 27 teachers; the students ended up winning and earning an extra dress down day.
"We challenged them for 4,000 food items, we brought in over 5,500 items in the last week and a half, so the big winner will be the people who are getting all of the food," said St. Raphael Principal Ann Miller.
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