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
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
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.