Students at P.S. 346 embraced the spirit of giving by collecting over 1,000 pounds of canned and other non perishable foods to help feed those in need.
After a month of collecting food donations, they were able to give to City Harvest, one of New York City’s largest food drives that delivers to more than 500 community food programs.
Principal Kevin Caifa was not surprised by the large student response, “We simply asked, and then we received an outpouring of support from both the students and their parents to help those who are less fortunate.”
Last week, members of P.S. 346’s student government and kindergarten students packed the food in boxes to ready them for pickup and delivery.
After telling her parents about the food drive and receiving permission to participate, 10-year old Cereena Mead looked in her family’s kitchen cabinets for donations. She was able to take to school several cans of food.
Proud to have contributed, the fifth grader explained, “I participated because I know it was the right thing to do; to help others who do not have food.” Starrett City Girl Scouts Leader Pam Schwartz made a surprise donation to the school drive. She delivered the surplus left after last Saturday’s food distribution to the community conducted by the scouts, Sisters with Purpose Inc. and the Starrett City Tenants Association at their Holiday Food Pantry.
Fifth grader and Girl Scout Masani Roberts participated in both drives. “It makes me feel proud that I am helping to make the world a better place and making sure people do not go hungry,” she said.
Helping others is a part of the P.S. 346 student doctrine. They strive to be a “bucket filler,” someone who is kind and respectful to others. Each student who donated to the food drive was rewarded with a “bucket filler dollar” coupon that they can use to buy items at the school store.
EDITED AGNES E. GREEN