ECC students collecting boxed, canned goods through January

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The students at Johnston’s Early Childhood Center are becoming quite the goodwill ambassadors at such a young age.

“It has been an exciting month, that’s for sure,” said Jennifer Ramage, a kindergarten teacher who doubles as coordinator for the ECC’s Feinstein Foundation Good Deed Program. “Our principal [Keri Autiello] … everyone here at the Early Childhood Center is so proud of what the children have done and will continue to do.”

ECC students began collecting canned goods and boxed foods back on Nov. 1, and Ramage said they will continue those efforts into January.

“It’s all being done to help support the important Food Pantry at Thornton Elementary School,” Ramage said.

To date, as Ramage said, “Our ECC students have collected 256 canned goods and nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Thornton Food Pantry and will help local families during the Thanksgiving season … we are all proud of the children here.”

Ramage also announced that the ongoing canned goods drive will also bring some special revenue to the ECC, as the Feinstein Foundation will donate $1 for every canned good. That money will go directly to the Johnston-based school once the food drive is complete.

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