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Perham students launch Halloween food drive

Over the past three years, students of all ages in the Fargo-Moorhead area have raised more than 100,000 tons of food and $100,000 for the needy. They were able to accomplish this remarkable feat by involving all students (elementary through college) and they set the goal of "filling the dome."

Filling the dome would consist of collecting the food and transporting it to the Fargodome (exhibition hall is 120,000 sq feet) and not stopping until they ran out of room, which they have done, two years in a row.

Now in their third year, they are looking to expand their efforts and have enlisted the help of Perham High School. The goals for this year are 75 tons of food, $75 thousand dollars, and 7,500 signatures of awareness (online and hand signed petition to take to legislature).

The Perham High School Student Council and other student organizations will be collecting food, or monetary donations, on Saturday as they "trick or can." They plan on going door-to-door beginning at 4 p.m. that afternoon--prior to the football game. If you wish to donate please have your contributions ready. If you do not live in Perham and would still like to donate you are welcome to drop off your donation at the High School.

In order to reach the goal, the student council is asking for community support. Any person, business, or group that would like to participate in collecting food is welcome to do so (example: drop off places in area businesses). Last year Perham's population took it upon themselves to help feed the world by working with Feed my Starving Children. This year we are trying to feed our own community. All of the food and money raised in Perham, as well as a fraction of the total, will remain in the community through the Food Shelf.

The deadline is Monday, November 23, when the student council will determine the total count and find out whether or not we were able to fill our portion of the Fargodome.

For more information or to help with "Fill the Dome" efforts, contact Elena Arvig ( ) or Becca Huebsch ( ).