Students, staff worked on food drive

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Students Xavier Wade, Ziyon Walker, Summer Tozour, Steven Smith, Jack Kirwin, Jacob Essig, Mike Bakanowsky and Zachary Belleamy helped with Middle Township Elementary School No. 1’s food drive. Students Xavier Wade, Ziyon Walker, Summer Tozour, Steven Smith, Jack Kirwin, Jacob Essig, Mike Bakanowsky and Zachary Belleamy helped with Middle Township Elementary School No. 1’s food drive.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Nine students walked around elementary school No. 1 for 10 days, counting and classifying canned foods to be given to a Middle Township food pantry.

By Dec. 14, students and staff at Middle Township Elementary School No. 1 collected 1,830 items.

First- and second-graders used math while helping others, teacher Tara Phillips said.

This was the ninth year for the food drive and the items went to a Cape May Court House food pantry. Phillips did not want to disclose the location, fearing that the public would be wary of the school helping out a church food pantry.

“I think people are really needing it bad this year,” Phillips said.

Students, staff and faculty began nonperishable items collecting Dec. 3, and the supply was to be delivered Dec. 14.

“We are very happy with the way it turned out,” Phillips said.

Students in preschool through second grade guessed how much food was collected. The goods were piled atop the stage in the elementary school.

Substitute teacher Marge Morano told the students to remember their 1, 10 and 100 placements as they made their guess.

The students went with 3,099.

“So this fit right in,” she said. “And they were so excited because they could apply what they just learned in the classroom.”

The classes that brought in the most nonperishable items would receive cupcakes, and the class that guessed the closest to the amount collected would get a candy-cane treat, Phillips said.

Elementary school No. 1 has about 750 students.

“Everybody got involved,” Phillips said, including custodians and cafeteria staff.


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