On Wednesday, nine members of the Rockwood South Middle
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) volunteered with Circle of Concern Food Pantry, helping unload and sort materials for the organization's annual school supply drive.
Rockwood South NJHS sponsor Amy Krueger said her students have enjoyed service opportunities with Circle of Concern for the past six or seven years. This year, eighth-graders Kamryn Beaton, Tristan Guest, Wyatt Howell, Kari Koerner, Alexis Lieberman, Claire McCarthy, Alex Nguyen, Lauren Patrick and Alison Sandler lent a hand in Circle of Concern's supply drive. They helped gather and group donations such as backpacks, folders, paper, pens and pencils.
"I am impressed, each year, that kids jump on this opportunity in their last days of summer," Krueger said. "I don't even think that they realize what they're going to get back from it. They give up a morning of their summer, and I'm happy that they choose to do so."
The supply drive serves between 650 and 850 underprivileged students a year, according to Circle of Concern Client Services Director Niki Vandable.
"The students get to see how many people have donated, but also they see there’s
such a need, that there are many families who don’t get to go out and buy
their own school supplies," Krueger said.