October 19, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

We Froze Out Hunger!

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With over 200,000 pounds of food collected, San Mateo’s annual world-famous, record-breaking Canned Food Drive has finished successfully. This year’s drive was Frozen themed, with the slogan “Freeze out Hunger: All People are Worth Donating For”.

For two weeks this year from November 14 to December 1, San Mateo students stood outside grocery stores and supermarkets from Burlingame to Palo Alto, collecting food and monetary donations. Contributions could also be made online at smhscfd.com.

The food and money are donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank and Samaritan House, who provide to all of the needy families throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties during the holiday season. 1 in 10 people in San Mateo County are affected by hunger and will count on Second Harvest Food Bank for meals this year. Even students within our own bearcat family will receive some of the food we collected.

This year, we spread the Canned Food Drive mission through social media by tweeting at celebrities, including Ellen Degeneres and Bruno Mars, to donate online. We were even recognized by the Ellen Show’s executive producer, Andy Lassner. Two promotional youtube videos, as well as various memes using pictures of bearcats, were also made by San Mateo students and shared around Facebook.

Students are persuaded to contribute to the Canned Food Drive by friendly competition between tutorials. This year’s winning tutorial, Mr. Wilke’s class, will be rewarded with an In-N-Out party. Leadership is also providing food prizes to tutorials who met the goal they set for themselves.

SMHS first earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 with 214,000 pounds of food collected during the 1999 holiday season. Five years later, we broke our own record, collecting over 372,000 pounds, which was so much food that Samaritan House struggled to make space for it all.

Every year since then, SMHS students have hoped to beat that record. Although this year was not the year, we still managed to donate enough food to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to people throughout the county. Our Community Service Commissioners, Ariel Tennenhouse and Lizzy Noriega Weng, are very proud of this accomplishment. “I’ve experience going to St. Anthony’s,” said Lizzy, “which is a dining hall for homeless people who are hungry. It was heartbreaking to see them not having any food, it’s the most precious thing. The Canned Food Drive is such a big event at our school, and it really helps so many people.”

The Canned Food Drive mission, stated on the website, was undoubtedly completed this year, “Steadfast in our purpose, we continue to collect, rain or shine, knowing that our canned food drive is helping thousands of our neighbors enjoy their festivities without the worry of where their food is going to come from.”

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