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Help Ricochet win CAN DO

March 3, 2014 - Mike Donahey

The Ricochet club, a group of approximately 50 fifth and sixth graders at Lenihan Intermediate School in Marshalltown, has been working hard the past month preparing for the current CAN DO contest at Marshall Town Center.

CAN DO is a Marshall Town Center sponsored effort currently underway to benefit the local Emergency Food Box.

Ricochet and other teams representing local business, industry and organizations, have displays of unique canned good structures at the mall's center court.

Ricochet is the only entity competing made up exclusively of youth.

The contest is unique — it encourages the public to vote for their favorite structure.

One votes for their favorite by donating one canned good per vote. And, there is no limit on the number of times one votes.

I'm voting for Ricochet — and readers should check out their cleverly designed team-themed structure.

CAN DO has been a fun, and popular way to raise awareness of hunger in Marshall County. Since its implementation, thousands of food cans have been donated to the Emergency Food Box.

Ricochet’s involvement began earlier this year, after Harold Youngblood, Marshalltown Fareway store manager, had been contacted by the mall. Youngblood has a child in Ricochet, and thought the club might be interested in competing. They jumped at the opportunity.

Fareway agreed to supply 1,100 cans at $324, a 50 percent discount. Simpson said the club paid for the cans from fundraisers.

Ricochet’s display was designed by Sami Torres, a Lenihan student. Madison Finch is club president, and Avery Case is vice president.

Helping Simpson are Lenihan educators Courtney Koch and Angie Lovell.

Ricochet was implemented in 2013 to help students develop leadership skills at school and in the community, Simpson said.



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