One of the traditions that the Rutgers Prep school council organizes each year is the can drive.
The can drive is important because all of the food goes to support the Franklin Food Bank. Many community based organizations, such as the Franklin Food Bank, strive to meet the needs of families in the area who may need an emergency supply of food, or may not be able to afford sufficient amounts of food to put on their tables.
The Franklin food bank works as a conduit between people who have funds to spare, and those who are less fortunate. Because the Franklin Food bank is a private, nonprofit organization they are in constant need of donations of food staples and money.
During the holiday season, the number of families in need of food increases. Unfortunately, as the demand of food increases, it is probable that food pantries and other charitable organizations will run short of their food supply.
This is where the generosity of local residents and schools like Rutgers Prep becomes vital. All of the collected cans are given to the food bank and then donated in abundant amounts of food to struggling families within the town. The Rutgers Prep Upper School community collected a total of 3,000 lbs worth of cans!
Each student in the upper school was asked to bring in 10 cans to their advisor. If every person in an advisory brought in 10 cans, the advisory was able to dress down on a designated day.
The dress down day wasn’t the only incentive. The advisory that brought in the most cans also received a pizza party. The advisories that were able to dress down were those of Ms. Corrigan, Mrs. Dombrowski, Sra. Coe, Ms. Monfils, Dr. Furtek, Sra. Dutta, and Mr. Laurion.
Ms. Engbloms’ advisory brought in 113 cans and was the recipient of the pizza party.
Archana Ahlawat ‘15 attests to the importance of giving back to surrounding communities by participating in events like the can drive.
She said, “It is important to realize that a lot of people are not as privileged as we are and we are in a position to really help them out in any way we can. Especially around the holidays, it is important for families to be together, but a lot of poor families don’t have enough food on the table, so this is our way of helping out.”
The participation in the can drive was outstanding, but the extent of our schools generosity does not stop there. The return of the famous “Toy Drive” has hopes of sending toys to children who will unfortunately spend the holiday season in the hospital. The Rutgers Prep community continues to practice philanthropy in any way that they can.