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Buildings & Grounds Staff Delivers Cereal to Food Bank during Shutdown

The Manchester Township School District is full of amazing people. Just prior to the shutdown of our schools the Interact, Impact and Junior Impact clubs completed their annual cereal drive. Unfortunately, this cereal remained locked down before it could be delivered to “Fulfill” (formerly The People’s Pantry) a food pantry which serves the people of Ocean County

Joe Gawlik, one of the teacher advisors for the drive, said “Under the guiding hand of club sponsor, the Lakehurst/Manchester Rotary Club, students, teachers and support staff from all six of our schools collected cereal for a month. With satellite collection sites at Crossroads Realty and the Oliverie Funeral home, that adds up to a lot of cereal for those in need."

“With there being no end to the shutdown, I went straight to the top for help.  After calling Chis Brown, Supervisor of Building and Grounds, I was confident that by his response -  “I am sure we can arrange something, it is definitely needed now more than ever” - that our district support staff superheroes would solve my problem.  The logistics were set and a plan put in motion. With the entire staff at home, Chris located the cereal from locations in the high school and packed every cubic inch of a van. Then he handed off the van to his right hand man, George DePremio, who, along with his wife Karen, met Nancy Wehrle Gawlik at the pantry where our huge donation was unloaded. The great news is that just over 1300 pounds of cereal was collected and donated with the help of our fellow man."

George D. loading van full of cereal

“As teachers we constantly lean on our support staff for all kinds of help. From secretaries, electricians, custodians, IT folks, and bus drivers we are always greeted with a smile and a helping hand. These folks are indeed the superheroes of the district. Thank you! And be safe.”

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