UNION, NJ – Students at Connecticut Farms Elementary School continued their lessons on giving by bringing in and donating canned and dry goods for the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church Food Pantry.

According to School Counselor Jennifer Parkhurst, students, teachers and staff collected 1,495 items for the food pantry.  Donated items included cereal, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and pasta.  Items were collected during the month of November.

“Our school tries to facilitate different service projects through the year to help people in our own community,” said Parkhurst. “It’s nice to see what you can do when we all come together.”

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With a collection box in each classroom, students showed their competitive spirit by vying to be the classroom with the most donations.  Mrs. Lam’s third grade class won with 267 items, earning them the privilege of having dance party in the gym.

“The students were excited to know how many items we collected,” said Parkhurst.  “Students were eager to hear the number and to see what’s being donated to those in need.”