The Highland High School football team volunteered for the “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” on Saturday for the second straight year.

The food drive benefits South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), located at 1002 East Ave. Q-12.

The players and coaches helped collect and organize food donated to the food drive. 

The Bulldogs participated in this project last year the day after a school shooting left one Highland student injured with a gunshot wound to his arm. This year, the project landed on the one-year anniversary of the shooting.

“By giving back to their local community by volunteering for Stamp Out Hunger they used it as a day of healing and a saw it as an opportunity to show their strength and perseverance during a difficult time in our community,” Highland coach Richard Lear said about last year’s team.

This year’s team had a different outlook on the volunteer work.

“This year’s team wanted to continue this tradition, but their reasoning and goal was different,” Lear said. “They wanted to show how far we have come as a school community and show others that we’re constantly learning and growing from past experiences.”

About nine players, along with coaches and their families, volunteered this year. 

“Ultimately they are a strong and able group of young men who wanted to help those that are not as fortunate and are in need,” Lear said. “They had a great time volunteering for Stamp Out Hunger and this event will be something the Highland Bulldog Football Family will continue to support.”

The food drive happens every year on the second Saturday of May.

The Bulldogs had a successful football season last year, making it to the CIF-Southern Section championship game in their division after winning the Golden League title in Lear’s first year at the helm.

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