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Food bank to benefits from Portland High-Deering School Spirit Competition

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PORTLAND, Maine — Deering High School and Portland High School will compete against each other in WGME Channel 13’s School Spirit Challenge 5-7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17,  to see which school can collect the most donations for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. This is the first time that the School Spirit Challenge will feature two schools.

 Both Portland High and Deering will hold pep rallies, which will be broadcast live throughout the early morning WGME newscast. The winner of the Ram Bulldog School Spirit Challenge will be announced at that night’s Portland High-Deering girls’ and boys’ basketball games.

 Students, parents, staff and community members are encouraged to drop off food and financial contributions at both schools between now and Jan. 16. Each $1 donated can purchase five pounds of food. Checks should be made out to Deering High School or Portland High School.

 Food may be delivered to the Deering athletic office or the Portland High main office. Suggested items include: canned vegetables, fruit, meat, tuna and soup, cereal, whole grain pasta, rice, beans, juice, water and peanut butter.

 On Jan. 17, students are encouraged to wear their school colors as they participate in the challenge. School bus transportation will be provided to get students to school by 5 a.m. All participants will be served a free breakfast.

Schools throughout central and southern Maine are competing in the School Spirit Challenge during the varsity basketball season. The school that collects the most pounds of food will win the Spirit Cup Trophy.

 The challenge collected more than 126,000 pounds of food during the fall. For more information, please visit