Johnston High SADD group helps stock parish food pantry shelves


SADD (Students Against Dangerous Decisions) made sure the Parish Food Shelves at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church are again full.

Johnston High School undergrads like Emily Klein, Nicki Aucone and Michelina Irons realized they have a lot to be thankful for today.

The same scenario holds true for the always giving and generous JHS family, which includes countless students, staff and caring members of the faculty.

For five days, from Nov. 14-18, SADD held what wound up being a “fantastic collection” of non-perishable foods that officers and fellow students personally delivered to the church last Friday morning.

Likewise, there was also Dress Down Day on Cherry Hill and faculty and staff helped make the drive extra special by also donating non-perishable foods.

The unique food drive that SADD students conducted under the leadership of Greg Russo, the JHS Science Department chairman and faculty advisor, will again benefit local families in need of food during the holiday season.

“I’m again very proud of all our students and everyone that made a donation,” Russo said. “Each day the items are brought to the lower lobby to be counted by SADD officers and numbers are recorded for each homeroom.”

Of course, students in each of those JHS rooms had an extra incentive, as Russo explained: “There’s a friendly competition as the homeroom that collected the most food items will be treated to a breakfast at a local restaurant.”

Thus, let it be known that Mrs. Forgetta’s senior home room 109 took first place, while the runner-up was Room 124 and those students will receive a bagel breakfast. Room 113 placed third and those students will soon enjoy a donut breakfast.

As it has through the years, the SADD Food Drive is bolstered by faulty and staff who are also asked to donate non-perishable food items that will again help keep the St. Robert Bellarmine Food Shelves full and eventually be given to families in need.

“This is always a special scene,” Russo observed as 13 students carried box-upon-box of food. They loaded the food into two SUVs, for the short trek up Atwood Avenue to St. Robert Bellarmine.

Meanwhile, Russo repeated with a wide smile on his face: “Thank you to all the students and staff that took the time and made the effort to help those in need!”


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