Charter School Uses Trolley System for Food Drive

PANAMA CITY - Some Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School students and teachers are helping some of the neediest families in Bay County.

They've been collecting non-perishable food items since November to stock the Salvation Army's food pantry for the holiday season. The group partnered with the Bay Town Trolley system to pick up the food items from different drop-off locations around town.

Last year, the campaign fed 170 families. Organizers are hoping to do even more this year.

Teachers say they're inspired by their students.

"They inspire me every day. They touch me and they really touch my heart and they want me to be a better person just their givingness and the openness that they have," said Heather Hay, a teacher at Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School.

The program started about 7 years ago.