Yakima schools collecting canned goods for MLK Jr. celebration
YAKIMA, Wash. - Local Yakima schools are helping feed the hungry and honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Yakima schools are competing in the 16th annual Lee Paggett food drive.
Paggett was the first African-American teacher at Yakima Valley College.
Organizers said Yakima schools are collecting canned goods through January 18 and will donate the food to local food banks.
CEO of OIC Washington, Steve Mitchell said this is a way to honor a local African-American who made an impact on our community.
"He was a real role model in the community," Mitchell said. "Also a professional boxer and had earned quite a reputation. He was looked up to as a hero in the community."
The school that collects the most food will win the Lee Paggett award.