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.
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.