Chattanooga State’s Spanish Club Donates 2,000 Food Items to La Paz Thanksgiving Food Drive

By Hannah Baker

The Spanish Club at Chattanooga State Community College is thankful for their entire campus community. They donated 2,485 items to help the Spanish Club make a contribution to the immigrant community through La Paz, delivering 64 boxes to the Latino community organization.

Through a pre-determined agreement with La Paz, the Spanish Club will donate some of the food items to the Community Market on campus, created for students who do not have enough food.

“The response was truly amazing. We had the best year. So many families will be helped by this,” says Dr. Katheryn Thompson, Professor of Spanish at Chattanooga State.

This year the Spanish Club offered prizes to classes that donated the most. The winner of this year’s La Paz Piñata Prize is Josh Tucker and his students with 642 total items donated. The first runner-up was the 2016 winner, Rachael Falu, and her students, with a donation totaling 384 items.

The Honorable Mention was Houston Graham and the HVAC-R program of TCAT 2 with a total donation of 355 items. “This is the first year that TCAT has participated in this special program and their efforts were phenomenal. We are also grateful that they joined us," Thompson says.

Thompson also expressed sincere gratitude to the Chattanooga State print shop and the Chattanooga State Humanities Department support staff as well as the other various offices on campus that provided the boxes needed for the donations.

“Many, many families had a happy Thanksgiving because of what the Chattanooga State campus did for the Spanish Club as well as La Paz Chattanooga," Thompson says.