By Valerie Anton
The students of the Race Brook School Student
Council under the leadership of teachers, JoAnne Escandon and Pam Galatioto, organized
their annual food drive this fall to benefit Fish of Greater New Haven, Inc.
and the Orange Community Center, a non-profit food pantry that serves New Haven
and Orange residents in food crisis.
Founded in 1968, FISH continues to help
those who are homebound, elderly, disabled, unemployed or under employed (www.fishgnh.org).
The Student Council’s message for the food
drive was, “As you count your own blessings, please support our community food
drive!” The entire student body, with the help of their parents, whole-heartedly
participated in donating over 600 pounds of non-perishable food items,
including supermarket gift cards. The council members proudly presented the
donations to FISH on behalf of the school. “ Working on the food drive is fun
and hard work. I learned to always try your best to help others,” says fifth
graders Sarah G.
The photo (above) shows enthusiastic student members
who willingly dedicated their time and energy to collect the donated food
items. Top row left to right the members are: Grace Mahon, Adana Blair, Katie
Sim, Frankie Cavallaro; bottom row: Julie Chen, Julianna Barrett, Charlotte
Pellegrino, Kayleigh Fitzpatrick, and Sarah Ginsberg.
The children from the
town of Orange prove once again that they put their hearts into giving to those
“Helping people in need made me feel great! My father always tells me
it’s not the money that you give, it’s the time that you donate. I am very
proud of the whole school for bringing in so much food to really help others,”
emphatically states fifth grader Kaleigh F.
Editor's note: Valerie Anton is public relations coordinator for the Race Brook School Student Council. This is a guest post.