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Students collect 475 jars of PB&J for local pantries

Provided photo: The Orleans Career and Technical Education held a peanut butter and jelly drive for local food pantries. The following are pictured, from left: PB&J Drive volunteer Kenny Allore, Steven Pollock (Newfane), Kyson Bellan (Medina), Jose Galvan (Newfane), Malik Abdulghani (Lockport), Zachary Waters (Royalton-Hartland), Matt Steves (Royalton-Hartland), Gavyn Samanka (Royalton-Hartland) and Elijah Sones (Medina).

Posted 13 December 2017 at 11:14 am

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Students and staff at the Orleans Career and Technical Education really brought it for the 8th 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 center 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 475 jars to donate to local pantries – a record for the center.  A special shout out goes to Eric Farrell’s junior Welding class and Matt Anastasi’s senior Building Trades class who brought in the highest totals.

“Every year I am amazed at the generosity of these teenagers here at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center,” said school counselor Kara Kirk. “I am very proud of all of them.”

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