Elementary School Students Collect Food For Vets

By: William F. Galvin

Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful. Students at Harwich Elementary School are letting veterans and their families know that they are thankful for theirservice through a food collection. Students Giselle Kline, Lexi Kelley, Tristen O’Sullivan and Liam Mereste prepare food baskets for the “Give Thanks to Our Heroes” drive. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

HARWICH – Harwich Elementary School students were busy last Thursday preparing Thanksgiving food baskets for the 10th annual “Give Thanks to Our Heroes” veterans’ food drive.

Over the past decade, students and staff at the school have conducted the food drive for veterans and their families on Cape Cod.

Students from preschool through the fourth grade are requested, based on grade level, to bring in certain items for the drive, said fourth grade special education teacher Lisa Manamin, who was coordinating the drive.

She said preschool/kindergarten students are asked to bring in bread mix, muffin mix and crackers; grade one students bring brownie mix, pie filling/crust mix and frosting; second grade students bring stuffing mix, gravy mix or fresh cranberries; third grade students bring in vegetables such as corn, green beans or cranberry sauce; and fourth grade students bring in potatoes, squash or carrots.

The school staff is charged with providing the paper goods, such as seasonal-themed plates and napkins, and large aluminum roasting pans. The staff is also asked to make donations toward the purchase of turkeys. Students are asked to bring in 25 cents to assist with turkey purchases, Mamamin said. The funds are used to purchase gift cards, and Shaw’s Market in Harwich donates $10 gift cards to purchase the turkeys, according to Manamin.

On Thursday, fourth grade teachers Lindsey Branchut and Joseph Zabrielski brought their classes together to assemble the food baskets. The staff came together that afternoon to wrap the baskets, which Manamin said will be delivered to the veterans and their families through the Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops organization.