Fishers HS Duo Spearheads Pasta Bowl Win
Two Fishers high school students were honored by “Second Helpings” this month for spearheading a school campaign that beat out 7 other schools to raise the most pasta in the first ever Pasta Bowl!
Katie Lipke and Erin Lattimer, both 17, rallied students through daily announcements and a homemade video at Fishers High School to bring pasta to the October 12 football game. They wound up with a whopping 1,000 pounds of pasta!
“It was a lot of fun, and it just feels good to give back,” says Katie. Erin agreed. “The video was a lot of fun and once the students jumped on board, they did great!” Fishers High School beat out Brownsburg, Jay County, Guerin Catholic, Avon, Zionsville, Terre Haute North, and North Central to win the Pasta Bowl 2012.
Katie and Erin were taken on a private tour and presented a trophy at a small ceremony at Second Helping’s downtown community kitchen. Also in attendance for the ceremony was Fishers co-athletic director Jon Miles, John DeLucia of PNC Bank who helped offset some of the campaign costs, and race car driver Graham Rahal whose foundation helped by distributing pasta donation boxes to each school and volunteering during the drive at the football games. “They pulled it together quickly, and what they raised is just impressive!” says Graham.
Second Helpings is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit community kitchen specializing in food rescue from unused food in area restaurants and hotels to fight hunger. Communications Director Betsy Whitmore says they take in only safe and edible food that would otherwise be thrown out and then provide meals for organizations such as senior centers, homeless shelters, and many children’s groups. “Forty-nine percent of our recipients are children,” says Whitmore, who adds that pasta was a great idea because it is easy to make and it doesn’t spoil. She also says more drives such as Pasta Bowl are planned for the months ahead.
Second Helpings also offers a unique culinary job-training program which not only helps fight hunger but helps people transform their lives by learning the skills they need to be successful culinary professionals. Some of the chefs were on hand to prepare lunch at the ceremony.
So congratulations to Fishers High School for winning Pasta Bowl 2012. Look for more “bowl” games ahead!