Harborfields Gives Back

The district recently gave back to the community in a big way by holding food drives for families in need. Students and faculty members at Washington Drive Primary School and Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School collected food items during the course of several weeks to donate during the Thanksgiving season.

The Washington Drive Primary School Acts of Kindness Committee asked students and faculty members to donate non-perishable items to be used in food baskets to then give to families in need.

Coordinated by special education teachers Jennie McCarthy, Michelle Kasin and Maria Semertzides, speech teacher Jenn Pennisi and social worker Anna Zaharia, the drive provided a number of overflowing food baskets for families.

Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School decided to focus their food drive on their character education theme for the month of November — generosity. Each grade level was assigned different items to bring in and the local supermarket Greenlawn Farms, allowed the school to borrow three shopping carts for each grade to fill for three weeks.
Once the food was collected, Mrs. Obloj and Mrs. Thompson’s fourth-grade classes decorated Thanksgiving boxes with well wishes for the holiday season. The children sorted all the food with parent volunteers and put together boxes of holiday food to then be sent to the Harborfields Alliance for Community Outreach at Harborfields High School, to be distributed. There were approximately 30 boxes of food collected school-wide and approximately 20 baskets created by classroom teachers.

Additional classes within the school also collected donations of food and created additional baskets of food with gift cards and holiday food items to add to the school wide donations.