Wildcat math department crushes canned food drive, donates over two tons

Sophomore Carson Marich, assistant social commissioner, and sophomore Delila Davis, co-multicultural commissioner, assist in retrieving cans from each math classroom at Redlands East Valley High School on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Associated Student Body members spent fourth period collecting the over five thousand cans of food from the various math classes on campus. (Alyssa Ornelas/ Ethic Photo)


The math department’s annual canned food at Redlands East Valley High School officially ended on Thursday, Nov. 21. Between students from all grade levels, teachers from other departments, and staff members, the math department set a new school record for donated items of 5692 items, weighing a hefty total of 5019.6 pounds. 

The teachers in the math department participated to make it a friendly competition and inspire more contributions from everyone involved. 

REV Associated Student Body advisor and Advanced Placement Calculus teacher, Matt Fashempour, who was directly involved in organizing the food drive said, “It proved pretty effective because we actually set a record for how much we collected this year. We broke last year’s record which was a record breaker from the year before … We collected 5,296 items. It was 5,019.6 pounds of food.”

Cory Ford (left), sophomore vice president, Chance Chavez, media commission, and Tara Osborn organize cans in the Associated Student Body classroom during fourth period on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2019 at Redlands East Valley High. (Alyssa Ornelas / Ethic Photo)

All of the donations go to the Redlands Family Services that serves the Redlands community

Doug Porter, REV AP Statistics and Math I teacher, said, “It’s a really good way to give back during the holiday season. The competition can get a little vicious, but it’s fun.”

Senior Peyton Topoleski (left), hospitality commissioner, and JB Goebel, freshman representative, carry canned goods across K-building halls, Nov. 21, 2019 at Redlands East Valley High. (Alyssa Ornelas / Ethic Photo)

The winning teacher was Mike Brougiere and his 155 students, who together collected over 2000 food items. Juliann Ford, REV Math III honors teacher who came in second place, collected almost 1,000 cans.

Fashempour said, “I think it was a really great competition. It always seems to bring people to the next level and when the students and teachers are able to see who’s leading and how many cans they have it just ups the anti a little bit.”

One of Brougiere’s winning strategies was recruiting teachers from other departments to contribute to the food drive. Students could also hear school wide announcements via the bulletin encouraging everyone to help donate food for the holidays, and to deliver the canned goods to Brougiere’s classroom in K-218.

Seniors Kaliece Hall and Tara Osborn, executive president and executive secretary of the Associated Student Body, roll carts of cans out to the parking lot to load into trucks on Nov. 21, 2019 at Redlands East Valley High. (Alyssa Ornelas / Ethic Photo)

Chad Golob, REV Math II honors and Math III teacher, said “It’s a healthy competition, but Broguiere cheats.”

For winning the competition, Mike Brogiere’s classes will receive a big lunch on December 4. The luncheon will consist of Jersey Mikes and pies, to name a few.

Wildcats load cans into trucks for donation, Nov. 21, 2019 at Redlands East Valley High. (Alyssa Ornelas / Ethic Photo)

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