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R.A. Long High School regained its title as the champion of the Civil War Food Drive after collecting 9,863 pounds of food last week. That’s almost double the 5,400 pounds collected by Mark Morris students, who previously held the title.

In total, the drive collected 15,263 pounds of food in its sixth year, just a few thousand pounds short of the 20,000-pound goal.

High school students organize the annual food drive to collect donations for Lower Columbia Community Action Program, a local assistance program. The drive operates as a competition between R.A. Long and Mark Morris, and the student bodies face off in a battle to collect the most donations.

The two high schools work together to meet the collective goal.

“Giving back (to the community) is the incentive, as opposed to winning the whole competition,” said Mark Morris senior Jewell Barnes.

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