Patton drama students collect record 1,212 pounds of food for YCAP food bank
Posted on 11/17/2014

The International Thespian Society (ITS), a division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), is pleased to announce the results of Patton Middle School’s participation in the International Thespian Society's Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat program. On Oct. 30,

Patton Thespian Junior Troupe 89053 went trick-or-treating for canned goods in the school's community. Last year’s donations were just over 700 pounds; this year the total comes to  1,212 pounds of donated food. This is enough for YCAP Food Bank to feed 1,000 meals that will be dispersed throughout Yamhill County to those in need.

YCAP's Food Bank Resource Development Coordinator, Tad Beckwith, stated, " Thanks to Patton and those fantastic Thespians for going out and recruiting more donors!  You all provided a great start on our drive for 60 days to receive over 50,000 pounds of food!" Thank you to all of the members of the Patton community that donated to their Trick-or-Treaters and through our in-school canned food drive.

Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat is a new national community service program for ITS-member schools to collect canned and dry goods for local charities and food banks. Students from Patton Middle School participated in the Oregon program.  Thousands of pounds of food were collected across the state, giving theatre students the ability to help their local community.

About the International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society (ITS), founded in 1929, is an honorary organization for high school and middle school theatre students located at more than 3,900 affiliated secondary schools across America, Canada, and abroad. The mission of ITS is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts. High school inductees are known as “Thespians” and junior high/middle school inductees are known as “Junior Thespians.” ITS is a division of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

About the Educational Theatre Association

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills. EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than two million theatre students since its founding in 1929. EdTAalso publishes Dramatics, a monthly magazine for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre, a quarterly journal for theatre education professionals.