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Thanks A Ton–And A Half!

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Dina McAffrey, Jackie Yarmo, Robin Wallace (and son Michael Compierchio), Pam Priscoe, Lisa Freschi, Dan McGinley, Human Needs' Executive Director Deanna London, Donna Holland, Jennifer Matarazzo, Barbara Yeates, Pam Garcia, Mary Siegelin, Jackie Schuldiner, Dominique Valera, Superintendent Charles Sampson, Suzanne Welsh and Laning Principal Frank Albano. Not pictured: Dina DeVivo
Dina McAffrey, Jackie Yarmo, Robin Wallace (and son Michael Compierchio), Pam Priscoe, Lisa Freschi, Dan McGinley, Human Needs' Executive Director Deanna London, Donna Holland, Jennifer Matarazzo, Barbara Yeates, Pam Garcia, Mary Siegelin, Jackie Schuldiner, Dominique Valera, Superintendent Charles Sampson, Suzanne Welsh and Laning Principal Frank Albano. Not pictured: Dina DeVivo

A school-wide food drive delivered a staggering 2,942 pounds of food for the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair today.

The Conference of SCAs, a coalition of the parent groups at all of the town’s public schools, organized the collection day. Food was brought in to H.B. Whitehorne, F.N. BrownForest Avenue, Laning Avenue, Brookdale and VHS , and then a dozen VHS students drove to each school on their own time and brought everything to Laning.

“The high school kids did a great  job pulling this all together,” said Dan McGinley, president of the VHS SCA.

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Human Needs’ Executive Director Deanna London thanked all of Verona’s children for participating in the drive, and she noted that, while Human Needs is based in Montclair, it serves people from many towns, including Verona. The SCAs are talking about holding another food drive later in the year, although no date has yet been set.

After posing amidst the 221 bags and boxes, some stacked several layers deep, the SCA leaders carried it all to waiting cars headed to Montclair. Laning Principal Frank Albano and Verona Public Schools Superintendent Charles Sampson pitched it to help, too.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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