Battle of the Boxes
Patti Johnson,


Battle of the Boxes cereal box competition between the Southlake Carroll Dragons and the Grapevine Mustangs begins Monday,
November 28 and runs until Wednesday, December 14.  This is a friendly backyard competition between the two schools to benefit food
baskets as part of the Children Is For Children outreach to area families in need.  The student councils at the respective schools are
leading the charge and organizing collection efforts.  

Last year, Southlake and Grapevine collected a grand total of 3,719 cereal boxes, thanks to large part to internal competition between
classes and encouragement from faculty and student clubs/organizations.  The schools are challenged to beat their total this year.  

Those interested in contributing can bring in either: a) name-brand kids cereal, 2) oatmeal, or 3) pop-tarts to entrances at Grapevine High
School, Carroll Senior High School, or Carroll High School beginning Monday November 28.  

PHOTO INFO: The Battle of the Boxes planning team recently met to organize the event.  Shown in the photo are Kyle Lantz, Kyle Rae,
Tim Alletto, Matt Speelhoffer, Casey Kopp (Southlake Carroll Student Council leader), Trace Youngman, Alyshah Aziz (Grapevine Student
Council leader), Patrick Johnson, Allison Han and Abbey Phelps.  

Background information:
Battle of the Boxes is an outgrowth of Christmas is for Children and was started by Carroll students back in 2006.  Will Johnson, a junior at
Texas A&M University, and Austin Rae, a junior at Oklahoma State University, partnered with the Student Councils at both schools to get
the drive started.  The drive has grown from collecting 1252 boxes in total the first year to 3719 last year.  While it is a competition, both
schools know that the real goal is to be sure that there are items in the food basket at Christmas time that the kids will enjoy. The tradition
of Battle of the Boxes is continued.