Middle school students donate 1,013 food items to SAFER

Schuylerville Middle School students involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club have exceeded their goal, with help from their classmates: Students in FBLA challenged their classmates to collect 800 non-perishable food items for the Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief (SAFER); they collected more than 1,000 items.

“SAFER has a great need during the winter months and the support from the school district, the staff and the caring families is helping us provide to those in need in our community during the holiday season,” said Julie McBath, president of SAFER.

Heidi Smith, FBLA advisor, helped organize the third annual donation challenge. She says the students were eager to help those in need.

“The students in FBLA see our school as a family and they are quick to point out that family takes care of family,” Smith said. “The students are making the real-world connection that with everyone helping, our community family grows strong.”

On Thursday, Dec. 18, students in Erin Lloyd’s class helped load and deliver the donated items to SAFER. The eighth-grade class won the donation challenge by collecting more food items than students in grades 6 and 7 combined. The eighth-grade black team earned bragging rights and a trophy for donating the most food.

Now that FBLA has exceeded its goal, students are being encouraged to submit a “super challenge” for Principal Katie Elsworth and Assistant Principal Aaron Grady to complete in the new year.

SAFER’S SERVICES

The food pantry is located at 12 Spring Street and is open 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for use by residents of the Schuylerville Central School District. SAFER also accepts food and monetary donations during those hours. For more information, call the pantry at (518) 260-4779.