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The 6th and Final Poore Man on the Roof Campaign Exceeds Expectations

Collage of poore man on the roof event

(Monday, January 31, 2022) Not just another day in the office for LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore.  Monday, culminating a 6-year run in providing food for local pantries, Poore took his final turn working from the roof of the District administration building, as part of the annual Poore Man on the Roof food drive – raising more than $50K worth of nonperishable food items and $20K plus in cash donations.  Poore asked students, staff, parents, and the community to step up to make this year’s relief effort bigger than his last, and donations “Poored” in. 

Among the popular guests who joined him Monday on the roof, Rotary Club 99-member Aaron Lubin, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., City of Little Rock Chief Education Officer Dr. Jay Barth, State Representative Denise Ennett, LRSD Board members, City Year corps members, along with students and staff.  Since its inception in Little Rock, the food drive has benefited pantries at Helping Hand, the Church at Rock Creek, the Watershed, Mosaic Church, Saint Mark Baptist Church – and this year, Life Line Baptist Church in southwest Little Rock. 

In addition to donating food to the cause named in his honor, Poore and his wife, Marianne, contributed $1,000 to help the District reach its goal.  Other large financial donations came from Cress-Riggs Caterpillar, Arvest Bank, Community Bank, and two schools – Otter Creek Elementary and Dunbar Magnet Middle School, that raised $700 and $500 respectively.  For a second year, Kroger donated $10,000 in gift cards. Corporate food donors included SSC Custodial Services, Middleton Heat and Air, Nabholz, and Metro Services, to name a few. 

Poore reflected on his last food drive as superintendent, and what it means to the greater community during a time of the year when donations typically dry up.  He often became emotional, welling up with tears as all of the donations arrived in his office.  “This represents so much about how much the City of Little Rock cares,” said Poore.  “It’s a bittersweet moment.  This has been a ‘uniter’ for the for the City of Little Rock, I think.  People come together for this, and it’s become a tradition that I will miss.”

Proceeds will also benefit the Bright Future’s program and LRSD’s Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS).  It is believed that prior to Monday’s event, well over $100,000 worth of food has been collected through successive Poore Man on the Roof campaigns.  Poore began promoting this cause while he was an educator in Colorado, continuing the effort in Bentonville, and now Little Rock, where it became affectionately known as Poore Man on the Roof.