Chief Moses students and Grant PUD employees team up to help needy families

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Students in the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class wanted to do something to help their classmates’ families in need this Thanksgiving.

So the class decided that they would reach out to their classmates, teachers and others to raise the money and materials to put together all the fixings – including big turkeys – for

Chuck Allen (from left), of Grant PUD, presents money donated by Grant PUD employees to the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class for Thanksgiving meal gift boxes. Pictured are Vivianne Bautista, Myah Cruz, Principal Vicki Swisher, and Ashley Butler.

Chuck Allen (from left), of Grant PUD, presents money donated by Grant PUD employees to the Chief Moses Middle School leadership class for Thanksgiving meal gift boxes. Pictured are Vivianne Bautista, Myah Cruz, Principal Vicki Swisher, and Ashley Butler.

Thanksgiving feasts for at least 23 families. The leadership class students were put in charge of organizing, advertising and following up to ensure that the donations for the baskets were raised and then assembled.

When determining who else to invite to help with the project, the students chose to reach out to the employees of Grant PUD. The PUD employees donated $800 of their own money to the cause to ensure that there would be enough money to purchase the turkeys and other items from a local store.

“We were very happy to hear about this opportunity to partner with Chief Moses students and be a part of the Thanksgiving basket program,” said Chuck Allen, Grant PUD spokesperson. “These students showed great leadership qualities in creating a project to help their classmates. We are thankful they invited us to take part.”

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