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UPDATED: 13th Annual Food Drive ends Monday

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer

The 13th annual Hokies vs. Hoos Food Drive to benefit the local Feedmore food bank is in full swing and will be ending Monday, February 13th, after an extension given on Friday, February 10th. The cans that students gather are desperately needed for donations to give to families and kids in need who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

JRHS plays a big part in supporting the city-wide revile between Virginia Tech and UVA to see who can raise the most food for the Central Virginia Food Bank. It is especially important in late winter when donations are drastically low.

“The Food Bank is in desperate need of the following items: peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, low sodium vegetables, fruits packed in juice, pasta sauce (no glass), canned or dry beans, hot and cold cereal, and whole grain snack.  (Please, no ramen noodles!),” Principal Dr. Jennifer Coleman said in the JRHS Newsletter.

Each class is competing for privileges and many teachers are giving their own incentives to students. The winning grade level will earn the senior privileges of leaving early on Fridays for five weeks following the Food Fight. They will also earn two days of both lunches, dates TBD. Last year the juniors won, so it’s possible for the seniors to lose their privileges for five weeks.

“What we are doing is a grain of sand on the beach. Kids are starving, we can’t be the problem but the solution,” social studies teacher Shannon Castelo said.

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Cans from English classes are collected and taken to the library each period. Photo by Eva Dorn.

In addition, one thing to consider would be this from FeedingAmerica.org: “No One Can Thrive on an Empty Stomach, 42 million people face hunger in the U.S. today — including nearly 13 million children and more than five million seniors. Hunger knows no boundaries — it touches every community in the U.S., including your own.”

The new incentives that were added on Wednesday, February 8th are: if seniors raise 2,400 cans (which is lower than they made last year) they can keep all their senior privileges. Also if the student body works together to come up with 7,100 cans everyone will get O.N.E Lunch for five weeks. As of this Wednesday, we have raised 3,700 cans, and if every student brought in two cans, we would reach that goal.
Last year we gained 7,000 donated food items and $1,500 in cash for a total of over 20,000 meals, and we have won the competition every year. The cans are being collected by the English teachers and placed in the library. Help beat last year’s earning and provide for your community by bringing in cans!

Bolded text reflects update on Friday, February 10th.

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Getting to know the librarians

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By: Henry Forbes, Staff Writer

The library is teeming with a wide assortment of novels, encyclopedias, and references. From the librarian’s desk, they can see a number of students, teachers, and administrators browse the endless array of books, as well as witnessing freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors working tirelessly on their assignments. The ones who sit behind this desk, Ann Reinke and Sue Kucera, have seen these events occur for a long time, and are here to talk about their experiences in and out of the library.

Q: When did you begin working as a librarian?

Reinke: I started in 1978 as a public librarian.

Kucera: 2003, this is a career change for me.

Q: Why did you decide to be a librarian?

R: There wasn’t much in the way of career counseling. I was an English lit major and I worked in my college library and one of the librarians recommended me to be a librarian.

K: I had been selling commercial real estate which didn’t go well with raising children, so I had planned to go back into the school system and it would be fun to be a librarian.

Q: Are there any challenges to working in the library?

R: I think the main challenge are these Chromebooks. There’s a false sense that Google answers all. They’re a tool, but they’re not teaching research skills. We need to reach more to people about the services you offer now that the kids have Chromebooks.

K: The challenge is more how to find information than memorizing and knowing everything.

Q: What have you learned from being a librarian?

R: I learned to be flexible; to juggle many varied requests at one time.

K: I’ve learned that it’s important to listen.

Q: Was James River the first place you started working was a librarian? (If not, which schools did you begin working at?)

R: I started at the Richmond Public Library; I worked there for 12 years and I took some time off to raise my sons, and when I went to work I realized it matched my son’s school calendar so realized being a school  would be a perfect fit; I started working at elementary school, but leapt at the chance to work at the high school. I’ve been working here since 200 at James River.

K: I worked one year in Henrico at a middle school before coming here.

Q: Where did you go to college?

R: I went to Knox college (small liberal arts school in Illinois), and I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois.

K: I went to Indiana University and my graduate is from Longwood.

Q: What do you like to do on your spare time?

R: I love to cook; I consider myself a gourmet cook; I enjoy getting together with friends and family; I travel all the time; I went to Portugal over Christmas.

K: I am a yogi and a gardener and I am looking forward to retirement where I can spend more time with friends, family and travel.

Q: Being a librarian, which literary genres do you enjoy reading?

R: I like contemporary fiction; I like realistic fiction; I read more nonfiction now, and in that field I like to read more about contemporary issues.

K: I probably do a greater amount of non fiction myself now. And when I do read fiction I like to read historical fiction and contemporary fiction. And I’d love to be surprised into new genres.