Food drive benefits peers

Food drive
benefits peers
About 30 members of the
Newark High School’s Indoor
Track Team gave up a portion
of their Super Bowl Sunday
February 1 to solicit food drive
items at Newark Walmart to
help some of the school’s
families in need.
JV and Varsity members
of the boys and girls team
took turns standing outside the store, in very
frosty temperatures, asking for both food
items and monetary donations.
Their efforts were met with great success.
So much so that the generosity of so many
Walmart customers resulted in enough items
to fill Indoor Track Team coaches Karen
Cline and Donna Blondell’s cars.
These items were later packed in boxes
that were given to 15 families right before
the recent, week-long break Feb.16-20
Cline, who teaches health at NHS,
noted the donations were timely since
many students who rely on breakfast and
lunch at the school, might not have
those meals when they are not in school.
The baskets were discreetly given to families
identified by the NHS Counseling Department.
Food items collected during a weeklong homeroom competition Feb. 2-6th were also
included in the boxes.
NHS math teacher Lori Reed’s homeroom donated the most food items, resulting in
the students winning a Dunkin Donuts breakfast.
Cline said money collected during the drive was used to purchase additional food and
hygiene items that were included in the boxes.
She gratefully noted both Walmart and Wegmans each gave $50
gift cards and also expressed special thanks to NHS Family and
Consumer Science teacher Barb Mikler-Crandon, NHS psychologist
Kristin Leonard, Jim Miranda, owner and operator of Miranda
Photography in Newark; and Dunkin Donuts for their generous
On February 13th, the families each received two boxes of food
filled with things such as bread, pasta, macaroni and cheese mixes,
peanut butter, toothbrushes, toothpaste and more. Each family
received a bag of apples purchased from the Apple Shed in
NHS Director of Counseling Danielle McGavisk and Susan
Gardner, a school counselor, delivered boxes and noted the
recipients were “very appreciative.“
Thanks to Danielle McGavisk and Karen
Cline for providing photos!