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Monday, 28 January 2013 18:05

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CANstruction is a community-service project in which teams compete in the design and construction of larger-than-life structures created entirely out of canned foods. Once built, the structures are exhibited for public viewing and voting. Then, all the food is donated. Since its inception in 1992, CANstruction competitions have taken place in more than 140 cities around the world resulting in more than 15 million pounds of food donated to organizations dedicated to the alleviation of hunger and malnutrition.

 

This year, 99.3 The Vibe and Stafford County Public Schools Learn and Serve Program sponsored the 1st Annual CANstruction to benefit the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (FAFB). It was a huge success!

Kids, parents and teachers holding award

 

RLS sponsored the Rocky Run Elementary School Team-Ms. Caswell's 1st Grade & Mrs. Stewart's 5th Grade Focus Students. RLS employees provided the team with 250 cans of soup and people power for the deconstruction phase.

kids and hat

 

Rocky Run named their project Kids Can!, and their submission exemplified that affirmative statement of belief. The students built a giant structure with soup cans—their 4½ foot tall replica of Dr. Seuss' fabled cat's hat won the People's Choice Award earning 639 votes from the public.

Award being accepted

 

Kids Can! weighed in at 403 pounds which equates to 335 meals for needy area residents!

Cat's hat

 

And if that weren't enough to impress, the entire event netted a total of 10,799 pounds of food, resulting in 8,999 more meals for FAFB to distribute.

 

RLS enthusiastically supported this endeavor with Andrew Hackey and Grace McCormick, RLS' AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers spearheading the effort. As Andrew put it, "We pulled together to get the job done." On a tight timeline, they managed to collect a staggering number of cans from RLS staff members to ensure project success.

 

Well done, Everyone!

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