Giving back has long resonated throughout the corridors of Bates Middle School. Every year for the last ten years, Austin China, a former teacher at the school, and faculty director of the Student Government Association has collected can goods for the Emanuel Soup kitchen.

This year has not been any different, China retired last year, but the Student Gov’t. Association has continued his legacy by giving back to the community. This year they raised a total of 800 can goods and non-perishable items. Rubye Times of Emanuel United Methodist Church Soup kitchen was on hand to receive the donation.