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Thanksgiving Food Drive 2016


When Mrs. Savage gave the Catholic Challenge Team the honor of organizing the Thanksgiving Food Drive, we, Joseph Pane and Andrew Lin, made the posters that were set up around the school. It was an amazing experience to be able to contribute to organizing this food drive with my fellow Catholic Challenge students. We accomplished donating hundreds of food items that will support many families.



The event brought up friendly competition between all the grades racing for their prizes. The Catholic Challenge Team went around the school during the time of collection and counted the food items brought in by each class to keep competition going. Though the prizes are definitely appealing, we must keep the main focus of the food drive in mind. The quantity of food given by us was extremely generous and gracious. We thank all the parents, students, and anyone who donated food. We collected hundreds of cans to donate to some unfortunate children and families that can’t afford food.

We brought the whole school together in one act of kindness. All the students were motivated to bring in more food. Most grades brought about a hundred cans of food with the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th grades bringing close to two hundred. The whole school filled about four cars with donated food. It took a whole hour for the eighth graders to collect, organize, and carry the loads of food to be dropped off.






What Other Catholic Challenge Members Say About The Food Drive

Rachel Raslowsky – “The food drive allowed the students to help the less fortunate.”

Mia Valente – ”It was an inspirational event to see how generous the St. Francis Academy students were to the poor and see how much of a success it was.

Peter Coar – “The food drive was a complete success, and helped bring the whole school community together.

Matthew Potter – “We are lucky to have something on our tables on Thanksgiving, so it is important to give back to the community.

Marietta Valente“I love that I had plenty of food on my table, and I believe that everyone should have a food on Thanksgiving. It was an honor to help many people receive food. I think we should bring even more in next year.”


Article contributed by Joseph Pane and Andrew Lin

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