WARREN, NJ - Central School students participated in the Cereal Box Challenge, a friendly competition between each grade to see which class could collect the most cereal boxes to be donated to a local food pantry.  This activity was coordinated by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The grade to collect the most boxes was to win a Rice Krispies Social.  The event kicked off on January 27 when students wore the color of their favorite cereal box. Two bonus points were given for participation.  


Central School Peer Leaders worked with Ms. Alyssa Pech, School Counselor, to collect and tally up the boxes per grade. By Tuesday, January 28 hundreds of boxes had been donated and Ms. Pech’s office was filled to the max!

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Members of the Central School PTO picked up and donated 488 boxes of cereal to Feeding Hands Food Pantry, a nonprofit organization addressing the issues of poverty and helping those who are caught in its clutches. 


Over the next few days, the cereal boxes kept rolling in.  The efforts from the Central School community far exceeded expectations so the donations were shared with another food pantry and an organization for homeless veterans.  


By the end of the week, the tally sheets were added together and the number of donated cereal boxes totaled 766!  According to the Peer Leaders, the grade three students donated the most boxes of cereal and therefore won the Rice Krispies Social.  


Job well done to the entire Central School Community!   A perfect example of Shining Brighter Every Day, the district’s motto.  


Photos courtesy of Warren Township Schools:

1. Ms. Alyssa Pech and Brendan Archbold smile for the camera as they collect cereal boxes to be donated to a local food pantry.

2. Jahnavi Ponnolu and Sydney Paradise walk from classroom to classroom throughout Central School to collect donated boxes of cereal.

3. Peter Rexford has his hands full from walking from classroom to classroom to collect donated boxes of cereal.

4. Katarina Schroeder, Olivia Deibert and Ms. Alyssa Pech organize donations so the will be ready to be picked up by the PTO for delivery.