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Contest-winning peanut butter delivered to Huntington food bank

Published 7:32pm Saturday, December 14, 2013

It was a homecoming for WKEE morning show host Dave Roberts on Thursday when he and co-host Jenn Seay arrived at Rock Hill High School.

“This is awesome,” Roberts said. “I love coming back here and to do it for this reason feels phenomenal.”

Rock Hill students won the WKEE High School Peanut Butter Challenge by collecting 655 jars of the spread for the Huntington Area Food Bank. The Redmen bested the efforts of Fairland, River Valley, Spring Valley and Cabell-Midland high schools by more than 100 jars.

The jars were stacked into the shape of a snowman until students helped Roberts load the WKEE van with dozens of boxes full of peanut butter.

Rock Hill English teacher and national honor society adviser Kim Zornes coordinated the event and praised the honor society members.

“They are always doing something positive for the community,” she said. “If any of them think of a way to help others, they will do it.”

Roberts and Seay will return to Rock Hill in January to deliver the students’ prize for winning the challenge, which is a Dave and Jenn-hosted dance. After reading about the students’ achievement in The Tribune, Zornes was contacted by Tim Lemaster and was told the Coal Grove Giovanni’s would donate pizza for the dance.

“What a great thing for Tim (Lemaster) to do,” Zornes said. “Giovanni’s is such a wonderful partner to have in the community.”

Honor society member and senior class president Sabrina Henderson is proud of her school’s accomplishment and derives personal satisfaction from worthwhile community projects.

“I don’t even like peanut butter,” she said. “But because of us there are kids who do like it — and don’t normally have it — who will now be able to get it. It’s a great feeling to have afterward.”

Chesapeake Middle School and Huntington St. Joe also donated peanut butter, along with several Tri-State businesses.

 

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