Annual PBHS holiday event collects food for needy

The Pine Bluff High School student body collected more than 5,200 canned goods and other nonperishable items for the needy Tuesday as part of its annual Turkey Court Extrava”Can”za in the McFadden Gym.

“The Turkey Court is a friendly competition between the sophomore, junior and senior classes to help alleviate hunger in our community,” said PBHS art instructor Virginia Hymes. “The Art Club sponsors the event every year. Our seniors won first place by collecting over 3,000 items, while our juniors collected 1,400 items and the sophomores did their part by collecting 663 items.”

Hymes said that representatives of the Salvation Army and Neighbor to Neighbor were on hand to accept the food donations.

“Various students showcased their talent, ranging from singing to stepping to poetry and even modeling,” Hymes said. “Students wore fashions from China, Africa, Mexico and Hawaii. Some of the outfits were provided by generous local merchants.”

Hymes said the Turkey King for 2013 is senior Kristopher Chatman and the Turkey Queen is senior Victoria Hughes.

“The kids had a great time and did a wonderful job collecting food for the less fortunate in our community,” Hymes said.