Long Time Rivalry Gets Friendly

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POCONO MOUNTAIN -- It's a big football night for two rival schools in the Poconos.

This year, the game isn't the only competition.

Both schools are joining forces to help those in need.

For years, Pocono Mountain East and Pleasant Valley have been big rivals.

This may be the first time you hear both schools working together during the schools' biggest rivalry week.

All week, both schools are getting ready for the big football game, also known as the "Battle of the Old Oaken Bucket."

Dating back to 1961, the winner of the game gets to take home a trophy of a wooden bucket.

While the rivalry is still very much alive, both school groups involved with "SADD", "Students Against Destructive Decisions" are competing in a friendly bet.

"We're doing the canned food drive and we're getting all the cans together for the homecoming game against PV," said Shannon Pitcairin, a senior at Pocono Mountain East.

"It's just important to help overall, we're all coming together, helping out our community and food pantry by us. It's nice to help everyone out these days," said Amber Skworzw, a Pleasant Valley Senior.

SADD advisors came up with the idea last week. In one week, both schools are on their way to help hundreds in need.

"We have a thermometer for however many cans we get. We're hoping to get into the high hundreds, I think," said Brittany Newton, a senior at Pocono Mountain East.

"We're making events on Facebook for people to join and really spreading the word throughout the community so other people can help us out," said Hayley Williams, a Pleasant Valley Senior.

All the food collected at Pocono Mountain East will find its way onto shelves at CAME Food Pantry in Canadensis.

"Tremendous, tremendous. Our client count is growing every week. The food supply is dwindling," said Becky Leister, the director of CAME.

The food pantry is feeding 140 families, which is the most families in its 25 year existence.

The director said she's so thankful the school is helping stock her shelves, especially since the grant money has been cut.

"It's right when we needed it the most, when we are down the farthest we've been down all year, they'll help us out. It's terrific," said Leister.

Whatever Pleasant Valley students collects will go to the Supplemental Food Resource Center in Effort.

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