CLARK, NJ – Students at St. John the Apostle School helped to provide Thanksgiving dinners for those less fortunate.  The decades-old tradition at the school starts with each class from Pre K3 through grade 8 being assigned a family.  Although the family remains anonymous, students are told how many adults and children make up the household in addition to the ages of the children.

The makings for a Thanksgiving dinner plus something extra for each child were gathered.   All donations went to the St. John the Apostle Food Pantry for distribution.   

In an additional Thanksgiving-related activity fourth grade students arrived at school at 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27 stuff baggies with bread and a Thanksgiving Prayer to be shared with each family in the school at their Thanksgiving table this week.

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Students from grades 6-8 and several alumni returned to help the fourth grade prepare the bread and prayers. The bread was blessed and distributed to all members of the community at Mass on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Saint John the Apostle School is a faith-centered academic community based on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  They are committed to serve all regardless of race, nationality or religion.  To prepare students to be responsible adults in an ever-changing world, their goal is to focus on academic excellence as well as instill spiritual, moral and social values.   Registration is ongoing.  Please call the school office at 732-388-1360 for additional information or visit the school on-line at