It all began when Trevor Waddel’s son asked him for extra snacks to take to school. It was later revealed that he took these snacks to a boy he knew that was in need.
A week later, Waddell received a call from principal Tammy Peterson about an incident related to his son. During their visit, he told Peterson his plans to raise money to buy snacks for the public schools of Dickinson Public Schools.
“There are a lot of people in the community who aren’t working and have had to have pay cuts,” said Waddell.
What began as a $250 per school project, turned into a 300% increase to $1000 per school after Waddel got in touch with his coworker, Mark Tangen, chairman of the board at American Petroleum Institute Dickinson (API), who then brought it to their attention.
“I explained what we were proposing to do, and told the first part of the story. I told them how important it would be to give back to the community of Dickinson at this time,” said Tangen.
API board member Tiffany Steiner said giving back to children was something they want to support every year, so the decision was a ‘no-brainer.’
Tangen enlisted the help of Gravity Oil Field Services who provided the fuel and manpower to the project.
“We can’t thank Gravity enough for all their help,” said Steiner.
On Dec. 29, Waddell and Tangen entered the Sam’s Club in Bismarck where they worked with some employees to get the snacks.
Snacks that could be put in backpacks, according to Tangen, were ideal.
“What I based it all off of was ‘are they individually wrapped, something teachers can throw in their backpacks,” said Tangen.
Waddell and Tangen picked up six pallets and brought them to Gravity Oil Services where they loaded two of them at a time onto a smaller truck and delivered them to the various schools.
Board members Tiffany Steiner, Mark Tangen and Kyle Wentz also took time out of their schedules to assist.
“We do these things for our community and we do these things because we care,” said Tangen.
Despite the overwhelmingly successful snack drive, the work is not over for project partners.
“We are having each of the principals reach out to Trevor Waddell and they are going to let him know how the progress is, which snacks have gone over,” said Tangen.
It is currently up for discussion as to whether they will do this again, but the inclination from all involved is that they may.
Steiner said she could see it happening annually as part of a continuous community program to aid those in need in the Dickinson Public Schools’ system.
“It’s definitely something that I can see Dickinson API supporting every year going forward,” said Steiner.