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Roxbury Kennedy Elementary School helps police nab Most Wanted (Food)

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Roxbury Township Police Department showed up at Kennedy Elementary School this afternoon. It wasn’t for a crime but an act of good will.

Kennedy Elementary School’s Early Act Club Advisors, Tina Banta and Rebecca Peppel reached out to the Police Department to see if they could continue to be a part of their annual food drive.

In recent years, Banta and Peppel, as third grade teachers would bring their classes this time of year to drop off food drive items and then tour the police station as they covered civics and community workers. The two have since been moved up to fourth grade.

Knowing that no trip was planned, Banta reached out to Jen Dillard at the Police Department to see about having the Police Department come to them.

Dillard enthusiastically accepted sharing, “We are doing a food drive again this year for Thanksgiving and we would love to come pick up the items from the kids.”

The Roxbury Township Police Department holds an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to assist Roxbury Social Services. Throughout November, Roxbury residents have the opportunity to donate non-perishable items at the police department. The call this year went out stating, “The food pantry is extremely low of supplies and is in desperate need of donations.”

Kennedy’s Early Act heard the call and started a Thanksgiving Food Drive at the school during the month of November. Each class collected donations and the class with the most donated food for the food pantry would win a special treat.

All of the donated food from Kennedy School and the Police Department will be delivered by the end of today, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Roxbury Social Services assists low-income working families, seniors, and people with disabilities, living on fixed incomes. The food pantry exists solely on the generous donations from individuals and local businesses as many individuals and families in the Township rely on social services and the food pantry.

Roxbury Police Department’s Food Drive is a great time to educate children on taking active roles in their community by helping to fight hunger.

Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year that Roxbury Social Services needs your help, it’s all year! For questions regarding Roxbury Social Services, please contact Janet Wald at 973-448-2026.

As Kennedy’s Early Act put it, “Please donate, it will make many families very happy! Don’t gobble all of your food, donate to the food pantry!”

Kennedy’s Early Act Club is comprised of 45 third and fourth grade students. It is a school-wide service club for the elementary students and is sponsored by the Roxbury Rotary Club.

Kennedy’s Early Act Students are:

  • Avah Bloom-Hagler
  • Nick Colatrella
  • Therese Ohene-Ologo
  • Katie Rittger
  • Jack Scalfani
  • Taylor Schauble
  • Katelyn Smith
  • Trinka Sullivan   
  • Brady Boryeskne
  • Sergio Chico
  • Tyler Curtis
  • Wyatt Glasser
  • Ian Hills
  • Franco Leon
  • Natalie Novillo
  • Henna Patel
  • Lily Phelan-Fonseca
  • Amanda Pieklo
  • Ava Pennisi
  • Jada Scalfani
  • Valentina Ambra
  • Madelynn Anderson
  • Rebecca Corrado
  • Dylan Cooper
  • Cole Fedorchak
  • Cora Jacobsen
  • Meghan Lockman
  • Ava Sabella
  • William Sullivan
  • Julianna Uccello
  • Nicholas Alston
  • Andrea Bowles
  • Avery Maida
  • Griffin Reynolds
  • Evan White
  • Mya DeKorte
  • Emery Scavino
  • Joshua Tidwell
  • Katheleen Tusa
  • Niko White
  • Brady Batsch
  • Cymone Stephen
  • Beau Wawrin
  • Paul Hakkenberg
  • Shay Jackson

Early Acts website states, “The mission and operation of Early Act are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into the Interact Club at the high school.”

The site goes on to say, “Early Act provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others. It also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local, and global communities.”

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