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PHS "Can The Principal" Event Supports Those In Need

Plainville High School Principal Steven LePage has been sharing his office with car loads of donated food items, thanks to the efforts of the school's National Honor Society.

According to Shaylene Krupinski, Plainville High School faculty member and National Honor Society advisor, the group completes one chapter community service event each semester. This year for the fall community service project they decided to hold a "Can the Principal" food drive to coincide with the Plainville Community Food Pantry's annual "filling of the truck" at Gnazzo's Food Center in Plainville. "When we first planned the event, we weren't sure how it would go, but it was very successful and everyone really contributed to making that happen," noted National Honor Society Vice-President, Emily Duda. "We really worked hard to promote this event with the community, even using Twitter. It was a good team effort and the entire community pitched in to help us reach our goal, which was to make other people's Thanksgiving better," added National Honor Society Secretary, Patrycja Majewski.

The National Honor Society group began collecting canned foods and other non-perishable items on November 6th and the drop-off location was Principal LePage's office. The goal of the food drive was to collect as much food as possible by motivating students to make Principal LePage (a self-proclaimed neat fanatic) "uncomfortable" for a few weeks as he shared his office space with the donated items. Students also snapped pictures of themselves donating cans and started the #canLePage on Twitter so that the community would get excited and be able to follow the progress of the food drive. At the close of the event on November 21st, the student group was able to donate four cars full of canned goods and other nonperishable items to the food pantry. One student brought in 420 packets of Ramen Noodles on his own to donate, and the other district schools each held collections to support the high school effort.

"I'm proud of the National Honor Society students for how hard they worked to promote the event, and it's nice to see how many students, both in and out of NHS, donated to a good cause. It's good to show students that giving back to the community can be fun and easy," said Krupinksi.

"I never imagined that my students and the PHS faculty and staff would have been so motivated to "can" their principal. I commend the National Honor Society for proposing this idea and for following through with it with such success under the guidance of their advisor, Mrs. Krupinski," noted LePage. "While my office became progressively more uncomfortable as the cans and packages piled up, the end result of thousands of food items being donated for the Plainville Community Food Pantry was well worth any temporary discomfort related to my need for order. I am proud of our school's collective efforts to help those in need."

"This was an awesome idea ��" I love the theme and truly appreciate what the students did with this initiative as well as the amazing support throughout the community," said Plainville Community Food Pantry Executive Director, Susie Woerz.

-Posted on December 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM


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