Rice Elementary School assisted residents in need of food while shooting some hoops in the process.

A student vs. faculty basketball game, orchestrated by Student Support Facilitator Allie Yudiana, was played at Brewer Middle School. Rice’s faculty faced the top two students in each fourth- and fifth-grade classroom that collected the most canned food items during the month-long food drive.

The canned food is going to The Salvation Army of Greenwood and Greenwood County Food Bank.

“I like seeing all the families of the students get together under one activity,” Yudiana said.

Families and other faculty members cheered on the students, but the faculty won the game 60-52.

Notable players on staff were Greenwood County School District 50 Director of Communications Public Information Officer Johnathan L. Graves, Rice Elementary Principal Carlos Littlejohn and second-grade teacher Kaitlyn Harrison, who scored 16 points.

“A lot of schools do this within the district, but I thought this one was neat because they involved not only the families, but they involved the students as well,” Graves said.

The game consisted of dunks, 3-pointers but not much defense, besides Littlejohn blocking a shot or two.

“(I’m) just having fun and not taking it serious whatsoever, just having fun with the children,” Littlejohn said.

This was the first time Rice has ever put together a basketball game like this, but it surely won’t be the last if the students have a say in it.

“The kids have already told me ‘we have to do it again’, we’ll definitely do it next year,” Yudiana said.

Contact reporter Jonathan Limehouse at 864-943-5644 or follow him on twitter @jon_limehouse.