Students collecting pop tabs for Logue family by Ashley Anderson In mid October a letter was sent home with Wakonda Public School elementary students to inform families of the "Pop Tab War" sponsored by the Wakonda FCCLA Chapter.
The "Pop Tab War" is a contest between the elementary classes to see which class can collect the most tabs during the school year. The elementary class that collects the most tabs during the first semester will receive a pizza party, sponsored by the Wakonda FCCLA Chapter, in January. Another pizza party, at the end of the school year, will reward the class that collects the most tabs during the second semester.
On Nov. 1, local FCCLA members Ashley Steffen and Danielle Morrison collected and weighed each class's collection. A total of 51 pounds to tabs were collected by students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The first-grade class took the lead in the pop tab war by collecting 22 pounds and 9 ounces. Fifth grade followed second with a collection of tabs weighing 22 pounds and 6 ounces. It takes 1,267 tabs to equal just one pound.
The Pop Tab War is the Wakonda FCCLA Chapter's method of participating in the South Dakota FCCLA Community Peer Education project for the year, Tabulation 2005. Each year FCCLA chapters across the state collect tabs as a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald Houses across the country provide a "home-away-from-home" for families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
The tabs collected by the Wakonda chapter will be given to Tom and Angie Logue from Wakonda. The Logues' one-year-old daughter, Abby, is scheduled for a kidney transplant in February 2005. The money earned from the tabs will help cover the lodging expenses at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, MN, while Abby recovers from her surgery.
If you would like to help the Wakonda FCCLA Chapter and the Logue family, please save tabs and bring them to the school to be delivered to Mrs. Lowe, the FCCLA advisor.