Barnyard Bonanza

Pine Bend Food Drive Leads Into Annual Tradition
Posted on 11/21/2022
Pine Bend students cheer on their entry in the Barnyard Bonanza RacePine Bend Elementary School students collected food for local food shelf and social services organization Neighbors Inc. ahead of winter and the holidays. Students gathered more than 2,000 pounds of donated food in just a few weeks. The annual donation drive not only helps stock the pantry for northern Dakota County residents in need, it also leads into a Pine Bend tradition: the school’s annual Barnyard Bonanza Race.

Each year, classes race electronic animals during a schoolwide assembly. Classes can earn additional race entries for every 100 pounds of food their class donates. One student per entry is chosen to start their electronic animal. This year, 30 entries competed for first and second place in the Barnyard Bonanza Race. Ms. Vomstek’s kindergarten class won first place and this year’s Barnyard Bonanza Trophy!

Teachers wrapped up the races with a surprise performance. Dressed in their Western gear for the races, staff slowly joined physical education specialist Ms. Darrow as she started the line dance for Marcia Griffiths’ song “Electric Boogie,” more commonly known as the Electric Slide.

Great job to all of the students who donated food to help their neighbors, and congratulations to the winners of the race!