CLARK, NJ – Seventh grade students at Saint John the Apostle School recently found a technological solution to a real-world problem according to school officials.   Students Aurely Antonin and Benjamin Noon along with their teacher Keara DeMaio, developed a technological inventory of the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry which is affiliated with Saint John the Apostle Church.

Thanks to the students work, those that donate to the pantry are asked to text “SJA” to 31996 on their cell phone. This enables participants to see what food is needed at the food pantry through a text “push” notification.

The Archdiocese of Newark recognized the students outstanding effort in working with the community while developing a high-tech solution to a challenge for the food pantry.  Antonin and Noon also received a special recognition in a ceremony at the NJ State House during Catholic Schools Week.

The students presented a PowerPoint presentation entitled, “The Pantry Project.”   The students along with DeMaio and fellow teacher Mrs. Sharon Osnato represented the school at the NJ State House.