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Canstruction event benefits Food Bank

 Justin Gibson (left) and Dylan Steele of Brooke Point High School wrap up their Canstruction entry at Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Canned goods were used during the event to build various structures to help the area food bank.
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Date published: 1/22/2013

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Learn and Serve is an elective class in Stafford's high schools that requires many hours of community service, along with reflection on that work. The program coordinated the local Canstruction contest as part of a national food drive.

Students formed teams and recruited several others.

Each team had about a month to collect cans and design an entry.

Deana Hamlin, a senior at Brooke Point High School, says that of all her classes, most of which are Advanced Placements, the Learn and Serve course is the hardest. But it's also her most rewarding.

Hamlin's class partnered with students in the career and technical education program to make a soup bowl and a strike through the word hunger. Cans were primarily black and red, the school colors of the Black Hawks.

"It's a lot more work behind it than you'd think," said Hamlin, 18. "You learn that you can't do it yourself."

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975
Email: kthisdell@freelancestar.com


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Rocky Run Elementary School was the people's choice winner. The Cat in the Hat's hat, built by 1st and 5th graders out of Campbell's soup cans, received 637 votes over the holiday weekend. People could cast a vote for their favorite of the 10 structures by donating a can or $1.

A panel of judges also chose five winning teams:

Best meal: Off Da Couch, a personal trainer company Best use of labels: Souper Educrew, from Stafford County Public School's central office Structural ingenuity: The MeCANical Engineers, a group of engineering students from Germanna Community College Jurors favorite: Quality Expectations Honorable mention: Stafford County Public Schools Planning & Construction office