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Local students look to collect canned food items as part of Halloween festivities

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Students in Federal Way will be looking to collect canned-food items this Halloween, as part of the "Washington Scares Hunger Drive."

Students from Federal Way Public Schools, along with six other school districts, are hoping they can make a big impact in the second year of this food drive, according to Federal Way High School ASB President Joshua Dawson.

"All four high schools in our district, along with Mount Rainier High School, have helped in planning Washington Scares Hunger," Dawson said. "It's great to see my generation rise to the occasion to meet the needs in our communities and I'm excited that I'm able to take the torch from my brother Caleb Dawson, who is now organizing 509 Scares Hunger in Spokane."

Last year's event was known as 253 Scares Hunger, and was put together by Dawson's older brother, the aforementioned Caleb. The campaign was inspired by students exposure to the "We Day" event, which engages students in finding ways to be leaders and help solve the problems in their local communities, and in communities worldwide.

According to Dawson, Washington Scares Hunger participants will "cover much of the Federal Way community on Halloween night, in addition to neighborhoods in Des Moines, Auburn, Kent, Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Tacoma."

Participants will meet at the Albertson's on 312th Street in Federal Way at from 5 to 6 p.m. Halloween night.

Last year's efforts netted more than 12,500 pounds of food, which set a new record at the Multi Service Center (MSC) for "the most cans and nonperishable food items collected in one campaign." Dawson and his peers hope to break that record this year, according to the district.

The district notes that anyone who's interested in helping out the campaign can always drop off donations at the MSC or any of the Federal Way high schools. Those interested in donating money can make their checks out directly to the MSC.

To learn more about We Day here in Federal Way, visit www.fwps.org/info/weday.

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