Food-donation drive lets Central Catholic High School students and staff connect

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 19:39:55-04

GREAT FALLS — Many schools are finding creative ways to keep their students and staff connected, and on Friday, Great Falls Central Catholic High School hosted an event that allowed some face-time between teachers and kids, and also helped the community.

GFCC staff lined up in front of the school cheering while students and their families dropped off non-perishable items in a drive-thru food drive.

More than 1,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to the food pantry at St. Vincent De Paul.

“We had such a great turnout and the kids just kept coming and bringing food and seeing teachers they haven’t seen and for us it just makes it possible for us to keep going,” GFCC principal Angel Turoski said. “It’s hard to not hug them, it’s hard to say goodbye, and just have these quick little conversations but to see their faces and reconnect is amazing.”

“This is family at Central Catholic,” she continued. “They are all about living out our mandate of caring for each other and caring for their community and giving back. I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

Turoski also had the opportunity to deliver some good news to students. GFCC is planning to move forward with a physical graduation ceremony utilizing social distancing in June, and is looking at re-scheduling prom toward the end of summer.

“I’m so thankful that today I get to give that good news," she said. "We’ve pinned down graduation, we’re going to be able to have it on the same day we originally planned. We have a plan. We’re hoping with the governor’s order we’ll be able to reschedule our prom for the end of summer. We had to cancel prom on the exact day it was scheduled. It was just heartbreaking for our kids.”