Canajoharie students attempting to fill
school bus with food donations (#FOODWITHFALLON)
Students in Canajoharie are accepting
non-perishable food items from now until Nov. 18 with the goal of
collecting a full bus load of donations in time for the holidays.
All donations will be accepted at the high school
and should be placed in the designated area just inside the main
entrance. Donations from the community are welcome.
The food drive initiative was planned to
reinforce this year’s theme at the high school, "Work Hard. Stay
Humble. Be Kind." Each year, the school’s STAR (Student-Teacher
Activity Rally) program leads a series of activities revolving
around a different theme. The STAR program began three years ago as
a means to continue to build the school’s sense of community and
enhance the connections between teachers and students and between
“We're hoping students will give a little of
themselves to help someone else. Feeling good can be the result of
doing good for someone else - someone you may not even know,” said
Canajoharie High School social studies teacher Phil Horender, who is
one of the teachers helping organize the effort. The school is
working both the elementary and middle schools on the drive and any
member of the community who would like to get involved is welcome.
“Ideally, this show of kindness and empathy can
help bring our community together to help others around the holiday
season,” Horender said.
As an added fun element to the food drive, the
school is attempting attract Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to
Canajoharie to help celebrate the effort. To spread the word, the
school is encouraging the use of the social media hastag
#FOODWITHFALLON hoping the comedian, who has Upstate ties, takes
notice and, perhaps, even visits Canajoharie.
“Regardless, though, our primary focus remains on
collecting food and giving back to the area. We hope that everyone
in Canajoharie rallies around this activity and gets involved. So
far, the response of the public and of the student body has been
fantastic,” Horender said.
Horender said they are still researching
potential food pantries to receive the donations, and students will
assist with the delivery before the start of the school’s
Caption: A banner with the hashtag
#FOODWITHFALLON hangs in the high school atrium.