Some students at Thurgood Marshall Learning Center in Rock Island know what it's like to be hungry, which is one reason why they participate in the annual Student Hunger Drive.

The Student Hunger Drive began Oct. 2 and continues to Nov. 9. This year, 17 high schools are involved in the community-wide project now in its 31st year.

Teacher Mary Kmoch, who advises the hunger drive at Thurgood Marshall, said the students love to give back to the community, even as most of the families benefit from the school's food pantry located at 600 11th Ave., Rock Island.

"Unfortunately, some of our students know what it is like to not know where their next meal is coming from, and they don't want anyone else to know what that's like," she said.

The community is invited to a chili supper at the school from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday.

Guests should either bring a canned food item, or make a donation. There will be silent auction items to bid on, as well. Proceeds benefit the Student Hunger Drive.

In the past few years, Thurgood Marshall has won prizes in the event; for example, in 2015, students earned the "Mission" award among all schools participating.

In Moline, the high school once again will sponsor, as it has for more than 25 years, a powder puff game.  This year's is Saturday a half hour after the conclusion of the football playoff game between the Maroons and Mount Carmel.

Freshman take on sophomores in the first game, followed by juniors versus seniors. Admission is $2, or four canned goods.

Davenport Central High School was among schools that hosted fund-raising events for the drive this week, according to a school district news advisory. Activities included a pie-in-the-face event, as well as a teacher stuck to a cafeteria wall with duct tape.

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