Dickson students who collect enough cans to block their classroom doors will receive a free day from class as part of the student council’s new project: #blocked.
Each classroom throughout the middle school and high school was given a box for students to put cans and non-perishable food items in Jan. 20 through Feb. 3, when items will be counted. Classrooms with doors at least half-way blocked will be given a day off from class to either watch a movie, have a party or some other type of free day at their teachers discretion.
“We’re including it as kind of game to help kids get involved and have fun with the idea,” project chairwoman Lexx Stevahn said. “We’re thinking with as much fun as we’re going to have, everybody’s going to want to donate a couple cans at least. We’re hoping to get everyone involved and see how fun it really is to help out your community.”
Donations will go to the local women and children’s center.
“Our goal isn’t to collect enough cans, it’s to fill their pantries.” Stevahn added.  
Co-chairs Logan Robson and Brook Kyle worked after school tirelessly preparing for the event, printing papers, putting up signs, decorating and designing the display to remind students, even staying until 8 or 9 p.m.
“If we don’t get enough cans, it’s not because of the advertising,” Kyle joked.
Members decided to try out the first-time project after seeing the idea online.
“We saw it trending on social media and we figured it would be kind of cool to bring it to a small town,” Stevahn said.
The group hopes to have every door blocked so everyone can have a day off while helping out a good cause.
“A couple of teachers have said they’re going to have a really fun party, like Mrs. Runyan said she’s going to bring popcorn and coke,” Stevahn said.
“If we’re going to take a day off, we’re going to take a day off,” sponsor Micki Runyan joked.
On a more serious note, Runyan added this project hits close to home since area students have suffered from hunger.
“We do have a lot of kids who have unfortunately been in those situations,
Runyan said. “We just want to make sure that we do our part to help our community and that’s what these guys are doing. They’ve worked really hard.”
Active in community service, members are also currently working on Pennies for Patients, a campaign to collect spare change and donations to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For questions or to donate, contact Dickson High School at 580-226-0633.