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Shooting contest raises $20K for backpack program

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Beth Petty, coordinator of the Lebanon Special School District's Family Resource Center, explains the importance of the district's Backpack Program at a sporting clays tournament in Lebanon on Oct. 14. The tournament, hosted by Vulcan Materials, raised mo

A sporting clays tournament hosted by Vulcan Materials Company earlier in October raised over $20,000 to help ensure at-risk students in the Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) don't go hungry.

Eighty-five people participated in the tournament at Vulcan's 109 Quarry in Lebanon. Proceeds will benefit students in the LSSD who receive food through the Backpack Program, which is administered by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The program provides at-risk children with a bay of easy-to-prepare food during weekends and school breaks, when other resources are often unavailable.

"The Backpack Program is a key part of our efforts to make sure all our students have enough to eat over the weekend," Beth Petty, coordinator of the LSSD Family Resource Center, said. "Everyone who participated in the tournament is making a big difference in the lives of our neediest students, and we're grateful to them for their support."

More than 300 LSSD students receive food through the Backpack Program. A typical backpack includes two cereals, two entrees, snacks, fruit juice and shelf-stable milk. The program costs approximately $130 per student each year and is funded by Second Harvest and community donations. Vulcan's donation will enable the school district to add more students to the program.

Danny Denton, plant manager of the 109 Quarry and Vulcan's Danley Quarry in Antioch, said he was thrilled with the event's turnout.

"This is a tight-knit community, and it's no surprise that so many people came out to help local children," Denton, who helped organized the tournament, said. "We're committed to being a good neighbor, and we want to make sure no children in our community go hungry. We're proud to support Second Harvest's important work."

To become a monthly volunteer with the LSSD Backpack Program, e-mail Petty at or call (615) 453-2693. To learn more about supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, e-mail or call (615) 329-3491.

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