Pictured: Freeholder Director Jeffrey M. Parrott helped to load the bus.
In an effort to fight hunger in Sussex County, Vernon High School
participated in Champions for Charity on June 1, 2010. They were the
last school to hold a food drive during the 2009/2010 school year.
They collected 16,820 pounds of food in a food drive lead by Suzanne
Ross, Peer Group Advisor; Sarah Ulrich, Peer Group Co-Advisor; Kellie
Frey, Student Council Advisor; and Kathi Belli, Student Council/Peer
Group Advisor at Glen Meadow Middle School. Students raised funds to
purchase food, held “hat days” and “tie dye days” for students, “jeans
days” for teachers, and offered homework comps in exchange for food
Vernon came in second in the number of pounds of food collected since
Freeholder Director Jeffrey M. Parrott initiated the Champions for
Charity food drive program in November 2009. The ten Sussex County high
schools collected a total of 88,480 pounds of food, starting with Pope
John XXIII Regional High School, which raised 12,120 pounds of food.
They were followed by High Point Regional High School with 5,650 pounds,
Wallkill Valley Regional High School with 7,950 pounds, and Sparta High
School, which collected 19, 930 pounds of food, the highest amount of
any participating school. Newton High School weighed in at 7,170 pounds
of food, Sussex County Technical School weighed in at 5,550 pounds,
Kittatinny Regional High School weighed in at 2,880, followed by
Hopatcong High School with 2,890 pounds, Lenape Valley Regional High
School with 7,520 pounds, and Vernon’s 16,820 pounds of food.
Because of Champions for Charity, Sussex County is the only county in
New Jersey that is not currently struggling to keep the shelves of its
food pantry stocked. The combined efforts and generosity of students
and teachers throughout the County have made it possible to maintain
enough food to meet current and short-term future demand.