North Berwick Elementary students celebrate 100 days of school with 3,400-item donation to food pantry

Posted Feb. 25, 2013, at 10:09 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 25, 2013, at 12:08 p.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — Children from the North Berwick Elementary Schools recently celebrated the 100th day of classes, on Valentine’s Day, with an abundance of charity for their community.

From boxes of cereal to soap and shampoo, the two elementary schools joined together to accumulate 3,400 items to donate to the New Covenant Food Pantry of North Berwick.

Kindergarten through fifth grade students spent the first six weeks of 2013 raising awareness and gathering donations. MSAD 60 Superintendent Steve Connolly gave a speech thanking everyone, especially the children, for their contributions.

“I’ve got goose bumps standing here. The volume of the collection is wonderful. What can I say? I’m extremely impressed,” said Connolly, referring to the children’s displays of donated items.

The event’s directors, Principal Ron Robert and kindergarten teacher Sharon Beckwith, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the event.

“The creativity, the passion, the understanding the children have for what they’re doing for the community, it’s wonderful to be apart of,” said Robert. The North Berwick Police Department was also present, donating 108 cans of soup and 108 cans of dog food, in honor of their new K-9 addition to the force, Hokey.

“It’s certainly a great thing to help give back,” said Sgt. Robert Kearns of the NBPD.

As Principal Robert called them up to the microphone, two children from each class presented their donations to the local pantry. Mary Craig accepted the boxed donations from the students and the police department on behalf of the food pantry, which is housed at the New Covenant Baptist Church on Maple Street in North Berwick.

The donations surpassed those of previous years and Principal Robert said he couldn’t be more proud.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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