Orleans/Niagara BOCES breaks school record in PB & J drive
Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES
MEDINA – Students and staff at the Orleans Career and Technical Education really kicked it into gear for the 7th annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.
The drive helps local food pantries fill their shelves with kid-friendly food like peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow fluff. It has become a tradition for the Orleans/Niagara BOCES when math teacher Sarah Gebhard asked the students at the center if they would like to help out. Since then it has become a fall community project.
This year a friendly class competition ended up collecting 550 jars to donate to local pantries – a record for the center. A special shout out goes to Eric Farrell’s junior Welding class who brought in 196 jars and to Steve Browning’s Security and Law Enforcement class that brought in 94 jars.
When volunteer Liz Allore came with her husband Ken to the center to collect the jars she said she was amazed at the boxes of donations.
“I think it is the largest number of jars we have picked up from any school so far. It is fantastic!”
School counselor, Kara Kirk, said, “Every year I am amazed at the generosity of these teenagers here at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. They are not only learning to be skilled workers, but caring community members too.”