RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Schoolchildren from River Falls, Ellsworth, Spring Valley and Roberts donated an impressive 474 pounds of treats in this year's Halloween Candy Collection.
Five schools took part in the contest to collect the most pounds of candy per student: St. Bridget Parish School (River Falls), Spring Valley Elementary, St. Croix Central (Roberts) and St. Francis and Hillcrest elementary schools (both Ellsworth).
Candy collected onsite at the schools was brought to River Falls Area Hospital and after a weighing and sorting party on Wednesday (Nov. 4), the winner was declared as St. Bridget Parish School, which scooped the reward of $250 and a Health Powered Kids prize pack for collecting 124 pounds of candy donated by a student body of 179 (0.69 pounds per child).
"Of course, all of the students are winners in this contest, not only because the candy they donated going to troops overseas, but also because Allina Health is donating $1 to local food shelves for each pound donated," said Heather Logelin, director of community engagement at River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health.