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Depoali students have CAN-do attitude to help hungry
by Tribune Staff
Mar 21, 2010 | 2145 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO – What would you do with 4,000 cans of tuna? Students at Depoali Middle School plan to use the cans to build a 10 foot by 4 foot design of their mascot, the diamondback rattlesnake. They will be competing in this year's "CANstruction" competition to be held at Meadowood Mall at the end of the month. All of the cans used in the building will be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

"We have already secured 2,000 cans," said leadership teacher, Cheryl Pratt. "Now, we are just trying to collect the other 2,000."

It might seem like a lofty goal, but students are certain they can achieve it. They have asked for help from their feeder schools, Double Diamond, Pleasant Valley and Brown elementary schools.

"The elementary school that collects the most cans will get a special lunch-time performance from our music department," Pratt said.

The NJROTC cadets at Damonte Ranch High School have also said they will help with the project.

Architect J.R. Romero has been helping with the design. He used a computer-aided design program to show each layer of cans the students will need to stack during the building process in order for the design to be structurally sound.

"The initial design called for nearly 6,000 cans," said Pratt. "We thought collecting 4,000 cans was a more realistic goal."

Donations of cans or money ($1 equals 1 can) CAN be made at the school by Wednesday.

For more information, contact Cheryl Pratt at or call Depoali Middle School at 852-6700.
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