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Hamilton, Keokuk schools win Fall Harvest challenge

Hamilton Elementary School sixth grade teacher Kelly Celania, center left, receives a $1,000 check from WGEM anchors Alexandra Carter, far left, and Dylan Austin, center right, and Air Specialists' Madalyn Terstegge for winning WGEM's WGEM Fall Harvest Air Specialists School Challenge. | WGEM Photo
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 9:50 am Updated: Dec. 5, 2018 12:56 pm

QUINCY -- The Herald-Whig's news-gathering partners at WGEM have announced the winners of the WGEM Fall Harvest Air Specialists School Challenge.

Keokuk Christian Academy in Keokuk, Iowa, collected the most items per student, with more than 14, and Hamilton Elementary in Hamilton, Ill., collected more than 3,600 items.

The two schools each won $1,000 and a party for 50 children at the Kroc Center in Quincy this week. The prizes were donated by WGEM, Air Specialists and the Salvation Army. Hy-Vee provided lunch.

For the contest, schools collected food items and donated them to local organizations in their community.

"We're just wanting schools to do what they can," said Shawn Dickerman, WGEM marketing director.

The School Challenge capped WGEM's Fall Harvest Food Drive. The effort was sponsored by Hy-Vee, which gave shoppers fuel saver cents for donations to the Fall Harvest campaign. Overall, 47,000 items were collected for Salvation Army food pantries in Quincy, Macomb, Hannibal, Mo., and Keokuk and Fort Madison, Iowa.

"The food is an immediate help," Dickerman said. "The effects are immediate."

This year was the 31st annual WGEM Fall Harvest.

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