UNION, NJ – A pizza for every student, teacher and staff member at Connecticut Farms Elementary School was handed out Wednesday evening as cars filled with school families wove through the parking lot to their cheering teachers.

Over 400 pizzas from Cioffi’s Restaurant were given out to each student's family as they entered the parking lot and remained in their vehicle.  As important as the pizza was, it was really a special opportunity for students to get to see their teachers and staff members again, and for teachers to see their students, that really made the event special.  Many students came bearing end-of-year gifts for their special teacher.

Money raised from the schools’ September Read-a-thon fundraiser was to be used for events later in the spring.  When the school year ended abruptly, said Christina Lam, Technology and Gifted and Talented teacher, “we brainstormed ideas on something special to do to celebrate the students’ hard work and accomplishments.    We came up with this plan to give away pizzas, but it’s really a way for the school community to get together and say good-bye.”

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“I’m so happy and excited so many families are coming out,” said Connecticut Farms School Principal Michelle Osborne-Warren.  “There are no words for seeing the students’ faces.  We feel it’s important to keep connected.”

“We haven’t seen the students since March 13, and we’re excited to see them,” said fourth-grade teacher Mary Ellen Patricco.  “We miss them very much.  This is a great opportunity to say hello.”