ROXBURY, NJ - Nixon Elementary School students and staffers recently collected 163 pounds of candy to be donated to first-responders and members of the U.S. military.

The collection was part of Operation Gratitude’s Halloween Candy Give-Back Program.

Third-graders in Alyssa Bellardino’s class volunteered their time and created posters to promote the cause. They included Avery, Sienna Grenke, Giana Alston, Olivia Bazellari and Anthony Maxwell.

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Following the collection, Bellardino held an Operation Gratitude Contest where students were asked to guess how many pounds of candy had been collected, with the closest guess winning a prize from Bellardino.

Third-grader Daniel Spezza was the winner guessing 142 pounds.

Bellardino dropped off the candy at the Roxbury Police Department and local fire departments on Nov. 24.