Riverdale students collect to help football rivals


It turned into more than a football game.

It turned into, as one person put it, “an incredible scene of small town pride and compassion.”

Last Friday night, the Riverdale Chieftans were supposed to play Kickapoo/La Farge in varsity football.

Flooding and the resulting damage kept the Predators off the field. It forced school officials to reschedule the game to Monday night.

Once they heard the game was postponed, students at Riverdale decided to have what they described as an “intensive weekend” food drive. The goal: Help people in the Viola area with rebuilding their lives.

The students collected donations of non-perishable food and personal care items from people in the Muscoda area throughout the weekend and into Monday afternoon.

So when the team bus headed to Kickapoo High School for the game, several additional trucks and vans loaded with donations also made the drive to Viola.

The slide show with this story shows the donations loaded into the vehicles then dropped off at the school. All photos were shared by Becky Marshall Gehrke.

Kickapoo Middle/High School Principal Aaron Mithum said they split the donations with La Farge Schools. Kickapoo’s portion went to 18 families in the community who remain displaced from their homes.

La Farge’s portion of the donations are available at the village’s food pantry for the community’s needs.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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