Winning schools announced in Canstruction food collection event benefiting Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana

The team from Towles New Tech school in Fort Wayne highlighted the United States' moon landing in their Canstruction structure, which depicted scenes from the 1960s. Twelve area schools competed in Canstruction, which benefits Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. (Photo courtesy of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana)
Members of the Canstruction team from Towles New Tech intermediate school pose with their structure, which won three awards including People's Choice. Students from 12 area schools built structures with canned food at Glenbrook Square mall in the project benefiting Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. (Photo courtesy of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana)
The Towles New Tech team's 1960s-themed structure in the Canstruction event featured a depiction of The Beatles' Abbey Road album cover. (Photo courtesy of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana)

The Canstruction event raised 59,044 pounds of food for Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, the nonprofit announced today.

That weight represents 62,400 cans, the announcement said. Schools also raised $1,393 in cash for Community Harvest.

The project invites teams from local schools to create structures using cans of food. The cans in the structures are donated to Community Harvest after the event. People also can vote for a People’s Choice award by donating nonperishable food items or money.

Students constructed their structures April 20-29 at Glenbrook Square mall. This year’s theme was “Decades.”

The following schools won awards for their projects:

• Structural Ingenuity: Central Noble High School

• Best Meal: New Tech Academy at Wayne High School

• Best Use of Labels: Towles New Tech intermediate school

• Best Original Design: Central Noble High School

• Most Cans (in sculpture): Towles New Tech

• People’s Choice ($1,000 prize): Towles New Tech

The schools that participated and the number of cans they collected were:

• Central Noble High School – 14,802

• Towles New Tech – 9,656

• Blackhawk Christian – 8,388

• Eastside Jr.-Sr. High School – 5,028

• St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School – 4,247

• New Haven High School – 4,058

• DeKalb High School – 3,718

• Carroll High School – 3,595

• Northrop High School – 3,318

• North Side High School – 2,217

• New Tech Academy at Wayne High School – 2,042

• Concordia Lutheran High School – 1,331

The total pounds of food collected was down from past years, which included more than 74,000 pounds last year and more than 75,000 pounds in 2016.

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