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May Champions for Charity
Release Date: May 24, 2010

The month of May was a banner month for Champions for Charity as Hopatcong High School, Kittatinny Regional High School and Lenape Valley Regional High School have all joined in the effort to ease hunger in Sussex County.

Hopatcong High School kicked off the month on May 4th with a food drive lead by the National Honor Society, lead by President Katie McCluskey and Advisor Lisa Kenny. The school raised 2,890 pounds of food.

Their efforts were followed by Kittatinny Regional High School on May 11th in a food drive led by the National Honor Society and the Student Council. Amanda Thompson, Vice President of the Student Council and Courtney Barker of the National Honor Society along with Advisor Janet Goodwin spearheaded the efforts, which resulted in the collection of 2,880 pounds of food.

The month ended with a food drive held at Lenape Valley Regional High School on May 18th with the Lenape Valley Apprentice Class along with Jennifer Cautero, a teacher at the school, taking the lead. They came up with some creative ways of encouraging donations, such as homework passes, pie throwing, and buzz cuts for teachers once students achieved goals. They collected 7,520 pounds of food, and even school principal, Douglas deMarrais, received a buzz cut!

Sussex County Freeholder Director Jeffrey Parrott was on hand to assist with the food collections and congratulate students and faculty for all their efforts as the newest Champions for Charity.

Other schools that have participated in the project over the seven months are Pope John XXIII Regional High School, High Point Regional High School, Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Sparta High School, Sussex County Technical School and Newton High School. This project is designed to help maintain food supplies over the entire course of the year and not just at holiday time, when both donations and demand are at their highest.

If anyone is in need of food for themselves, their family or their pets, they can stop by the Division of Social Services, 83 Spring Street, Suite 203, Newton, on Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

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