Jackson Students Organize Drive to Benefit Newton Food Pantry

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As part of Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education, Jackson Walnut Park Schools kicked off activities on January 26 with a family Pancake Breakfast in the JWP Student Center hosted by administration, teachers, and members of Grade 5. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” Focusing on community building, students in Grade 5 again chose the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton for its service project. They reached out to JWP families to bring the Food Pantry’s most needed items to the Pancake Breakfast.

The 120 guests filled five large bins to overflowing with cereal, canned chicken, full-size snacks, coffee, and tea. Following the breakfast, the fifth graders and their teachers helped sort the items and load them on the campus truck that would deliver the products to the Food Pantry.

Centre Street Food Pantry Manager Michal Yacovi and Board member Risa Shames expressed their gratitude for the generosity of the students, teachers, and families. “Thank you for your successful drive. Your donations really help the Pantry. Our shoppers appreciate the variety we were able to offer them thanks to your efforts. We are so very grateful!”