Monday, October 26, 2015

District-wide Make a Difference Drive

 On Friday, October 23, 2015, a Gross School Bus made the rounds to all district schools, the bus lot, and office buildings to collect generous donations that will help sustain families of need in our district through the next weeks and months.
East Coventry Elementary, East Vincent Elementary, French Creek Elementary, North Coventry Elementary, West Vincent Elementary, the Middle School and the High School along with the bus depot and district office buildings, kicked off the major annual food drive on October 2. The finale will be a collection taken at the upcoming REA Safe Halloween Night on October 29.
East Coventry was the first stop in packing the bus!

Student leaders, Principal Lloyd and staff added mountains of food to the collection

Filling the bus was a school-wide event at East Vincent. The entire school chanted "Fill that Bus"

EV students are super excited to watch the bus fill!

Lion Cubs service group at West Vincent rock the bus with plenty of staples

The bus fills in stages...

Finding room on the bus starts to get interesting at French Creek Elementary.

Special thanks to NJROTC students for all their MUSCLE filling the bus with boxes packed with canned goods

High School Key Club ran the food drive for the HS

Middle School Leos ran the drive for the MS

"Soup"per Helpers!

Families, OJR staff, students, school groups and organizations all worked together to fill the food pantry shelves. Miss Kira Rump did a phenomenal job organizing the drive. Special thanks go out to each building coordinator and Mrs. Donna Brady for handling many communications. Gross Bus Company has generously donated a bus each year, which makes the food drive come to life in the eyes of the students. Our amazing bus driver, Mrs. Cindy Barnett, gets a full work out each year packing the bus and keeping food from rolling around as the bus maneuvers the winding roads in our district. The OJR High School Wrestling Team and Lion's Club worked together to unload the school bus and repack food Saturday morning. NJROTC students Emily Gray, Molly Slaughter, Kira Schmale and Kelsey Schmale saved the day of the collection applying some extra muscle to the task of filling the bus!
In a correspondence to the Make a Difference Day volunteers and organizers the Coventry Food Pantry informed:
Hi everyone,
The OJR bus arrived at the pantry on Saturday full of much needed donations!  A special thanks to the following:
     Kira Rump for organizing the "Make a Difference Day" food collection
     OJR for hosting it in all the schools
     All the families, staff and bus lot for donating and collecting
     Cindy the bus driver
     The high school wrestlers for unloading and helping repack the food
     The Lions club members and other volunteers for helping to repack the food and stack the boxes and crates in the pantry
The pantry backpack program is in fill swing and growing!  We are currently serving over 50 students.  We are in need of approx. 10 NEW neutral color backpacks for the program.  Please contact this email or Gloria Gaynor @ (Backpack program coordinator) if you are able to help with this request.
The pantry is in need of volunteers during distributions times the first Tuesday morning of each month and the following Wed. evenings.  The times are:
Tues.  8:00 am to 10:30 am
Wed.  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Volunteers for distribution should be at least 18 years of age.  Civil Rights training is required and will be provided by the pantry.  I will provide the pantry will a list of regular volunteers for the distributions.  If you would like to make sure you are on that list or added to it if you haven't heard from me in a while please email my by Nov. 8th. 

Thanks again for all your support!
Kathy Storti 

Coventry Food Pantry

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