Showing Character is “Pasta-ble” with the FHS Boys LAX Club
In the third year as coach of FHS Boys Lacrosse Club, Coach Matt McInrue has made it his priority to incorporate the 3 Pillars of Fishers High School: Have Pride – Show Character – Build Tradition. Showing Character was easily spotted on a recent Saturday morning at the White River Food Pantry as the club sorted a record amount of pasta.
Indeed, the Club wrapped its arms around a Fishers Community mission known as PastaBowl. This uber food drive joins all 21 schools, Fall Creek Township Trustee’s Office, as well as local businesses and service clubs to stock the shelves of seven local food pantries. The PastaBowl culminated at the popular FHS vs. HSE Mudsock Game.
The 2014 results were staggering. Over 8,000 lbs of pasta were donated – representing a 300% increase over prior years. School Board President and PastaBowl founder, John DeLucia was thrilled, noting “The PastaBowl is a fun way to bring the school community together to make a difference for the Fishers Community. I am grateful to all the volunteers and donors that make this happen, but especially to the FHS Boys Lacrosse Club. Without their efforts to weigh, sort and prep the pasta for delivery, I think we’d still be counting penne today!”
The timing was perfect. Indianapolis Star reporter, Cara Anthony noted that more than 27,000 adults and 12,000 children in the area do not now where their next meal will come. With that staggering statistic it was important for the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation to also embrace the PastaBowl. The Foundation is fully aware that when kids are hungry, they can’t learn. With the generous support from Meijer as well as the awareness that Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation built many residents within our community will not go hungry.
FHS LAX team as Drew Cutter, Team Captain, reflected “Often times we overlook the hunger that people face inside of our own community, and the lacrosse team saw this as an opportunity to help out in a major way through the Pasta Bowl”. “The community donated a ton of pasta, we worked together as a team, and had a lot of fun doing this.” “The Pasta Bowl project was a great way to serve not only Fishers, but all of Hamilton County.”