Ursuline Academy students are collecting thousands of cans of food for needy across the Tri-State. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown)
Ursuline Academy students took canned goods to school Wednesday as part of an annual food drive. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown)
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Ursuline Academy students are collecting thousands of canned goods items that will be delivered to food pantries across the Tri-State this week.
Students have competed with each other for weeks to see which class can bring in the most canned goods to feed the needy.
The food will go to Mercy Home Food Pantry in Walnut Hills, Mason Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul, and Hope Emergency in Brown County.
Last year, Ursuline Academy brought 15,085 pounds of canned goods and personal care items, and raised $1,368 in donations for local organizations .
It's all part of a 30-year tradition at the private Catholic school and its annual spirit week, a school-wide effort to show pride in being an Ursuline Lion and to share that sense of unity with the community.
This week, more than 300 Ursuline students also will participate in Relay for Life. An annual event that allows participants to celebrate those who have beaten cancer, and remember those whose lives have been lost and fight back to help find a cure.
Students also participate in the Penny Race and Spirit Walk, both events that benefit a scholarship fund for future young women to attend Ursuline.