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TJHS students give back to community
Turlock Junior High students show some of the thousands of cans of food they collected for Turlock Together.

After a six-week collection period, Turlock Junior High School students donated 22 barrels of non-perishable food to Turlock Together on Friday. Assistant Principal of Student Services Tim Norton said the school originally received 12 barrels this year, but requested another 10 after the amount of student donations began to outnumber the amount of available barrels.

Dustin Christian and Jeffrey Kleiner’s social studies classes engaged in a friendly competition to see which class could bring in the most donations. Kleiner’s class fell behind Christian’s class total of 1,514 non-perishable food items by 376, which meant that he and his class had to sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” In response to this year’s fundraising efforts, Christian said, “these guys know how important it is to give back to the community they live in and they understand that there are families that just need a little help.”