• Special to the Daily Leader
The International Thespian Society, a division of the Educational Theatre Association, just completed the eighth year of its national community service initiative, Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat (TOTS-EAT).
Eighteen thespian troupes from across Kansas, including Liberal High School, helped make this year’s TOTS-EAT program a success by collecting 10,209 pounds of food for local charitable food programs. They were among 319 Thespian troupes from 38 states collecting a record-breaking total of 348,065 pounds of canned and non-perishable food in this year’s campaign. This beat last year’s record of more than 332,700 pounds collected.
“In this difficult economy, our troupes were still able to collect another record-breaking amount of food for the less fortunate,” TOTS-EAT Campaign Chair Ginny Utz said. “The enthusiasm generated by this initiative is encouraging. We receive an incredible amount of positive feedback every year from food banks whose shelves were nearly empty, troupe directors brimming with pride, and students who are so excited that they cannot wait to submit their totals.
“So many individuals benefit from TOTS-EAT and it’s all thanks to our Thespians and their troupe directors,” Utz continued. “Even with a myriad of responsibilities to which they are committed, they still make time to take an active interest in the well-being of their communities. Thespians demonstrate the positive attitude and work ethic we should all strive toward.”
Other Kansas schools invloved were: Andover Central High School, Andover High School, Derby Senior High School, Flinthills High School, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School, Maize High School, Newton Senior High School, Northeast Magnet High School, Rose Hill High School, Salina South High School, Wichita Heights High School, Wichita High School West, Wichita North High School, Wichita Northwest High School, Wichita South High School, Wichita Southeast High School and Winfield High School.