WEST ORANGE, NJ - Washington Elementary School students formed a human chain from school, across Frankin Avenue and into the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry as they delivered 1,001 cans of non-perishables to the pantry one by one.

The West Orange Police Department Community Services Unit blocked off Franklin Avenue so that students could form their lines across the normally busy intersection.

"Knowing that Washington is a Title I school and seeing the generosity of all the families is so appreciated," said pantry administrator Cynthia Cumming. "The kids are so excited to help and it's an amazing thing to see."

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The annual event is organized by Washington teacher Linda Perna, who has always felt that the hand-on opportunity teaches the students about sharing and caring. The lesson is not lost on the food pantry staff either.

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