Shaker Jr. High trio organizes food drive to help others

January 31, 2017 06:47 PM

COLONIE - Schools are charged with teaching kids academics, but say a well-rounded student is one who also thinks about his or her fellow man. NewsChannel 13 found a group of schoolkids who fit that bill.

Connor Doherty, Alex Robin and Ethan Andrews are pals and they do well in school. However, recently Connor noticed something that had him thinking about the other kids he goes to school with. Some kids at his school, Shaker Jr. High, don't have enough food to eat.

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"Just imagine how it would feel to live like these kids are living," noted Connor.

"We were getting more indication that they were hungry, not able to have enough food on the weekends, really coming to school hungry," explained Stacey Angell, a school counselor.

So they created an in-school food pantry. Teacher-volunteers load food in backpacks for the weekend and give it to the students. With the supplies getting low, Connor had an idea, a Super Bowl Saturday, "Stock the Pantry" food drive.

"People are going to pull in through the bus lane, which we’re going to call the 'Super Bowl Circle,' and us dressed with football jerseys are going to go to their cars and get the food. They don’t even have to exit their cars," Connor pointed out.

His pals, Alex and Ethan, jumped on board displaying the same compassion.

"It makes me feel very fortunate to know that I can always have food. I always have food every meal of the day, but other people may not," noted Ethan.

"I just think it's a great thing that were going to be doing," echoed Alex.

Connor’s plan is very ambitious. He is hoping that people donate enough food to stock the school’s pantry for a year. He's hoping people will be generous when they donate.

"When everybody is going out to shop for food and chips and everything, it would be an amazing idea, instead of trying to go out again, you can do it while you’re shopping for Super Bowl stuff," Connor explained.

Core courses like math and science will get these three far, but with this project they and the entire student body will learn other important lessons.

"It’s character, it’s giving and it’s also empathy," pointed out Angell.

The "Stock the Pantry" food drive is Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Shaker Junior High School, 475 Watervliet Shaker Road in Latham.


WNYT Staff

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