Spring cleanup raises $2,500 for Panthers Let’s Eat

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At the April 26 meeting of the Point Pleasant School District Board of Education, the presidents of five Point Pleasant Borough High School clubs, including, left to right, James Cook [Future Business Leaders of America], Thomas Liggett [National Honor Society], Kalena Bing [Interact Club], Jackson Kuster [Key Club] and Heather Roselle [Leo Club], presented Panthers Let’s Eat founder Kate Roach, far left, with a check for $2,500, which was raised during a special spring-cleanup service project held over two weekends in March. [KAYLA MARSH/THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT — During the April 26 meeting of the Point Pleasant School District Board of Education, the leaders of five Point Pleasant Borough High School clubs presented Panthers Let’s Eat with a check for $2,500, which was raised during a special spring-cleanup service project held over two weekends in March. 

On March 20 and March 27, students from the high school’s Future Business Leaders of America club [FBLA], National Honor Society [NHS], Interact Club, Key Club and Leo Club came together to do a spring cleanup of properties in Point Pleasant Borough. They wore protective gardening gear as they helped residents in such tasks as weeding, raking, moving lawn furniture and more to get their properties ready for the spring season.

“Two weeks in March, five of our high school clubs came together to do a spring cleanup of properties in Point Boro, raising funds for Panthers Let’s Eat. I am pleased to announce that the Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, Leo Club, Interact Club and the National Honor Society raised a total of $1,790 during this service project,” Superintendent Vincent S. Smith said during Monday’s meeting.

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“Then we got some additional contributions with the FBLA donating $300, Key Club $200, and Leo Club $210, to bring the total to $2,500 to donate to a really great program that feeds a lot of our families and students throughout Point Pleasant.”

The club presidents, James Cook [FBLA], Thomas Liggett [NHS], Kalena Bing [Interact], Jackson Kuster [Key Club] and Heather Roselle [Leo] were presented with an Exemplary Community Service Award for their efforts to support the local nonprofit, whose mission is to provide children and their siblings who are on the free/reduced lunch program with healthy meals when school is not in session — including winter, spring and summer breaks.

Their goal is to make sure that no child in the four Point Pleasant School District schools goes hungry, and it aims to provide enough food so that each child may have five breakfasts, five lunches and plenty of snacks on the weeks they are out of school.

“If you know anything about these young people here, this is a great group of individuals that are all leaders in our school … so thank you guys for coming up with this idea and supporting this really great cause. You guys are really impressive,” Mr. Smith said.

FBLA advisor David Johnson was thrilled with the success of the recent project.

“I think I can speak for all of the advisors and say that we are extremely proud of the students for coming up with the idea of this community service project and executing the plan,” he told The Ocean Star.

“Approximately 90 students representing the five service clubs showed up on time, were prepared and worked hard to help neighbors throughout our community with their spring cleanup. In turn, our great community went above and beyond and donated much more than the suggested amounts to help the project raise $1,790 which in turn was donated to Panthers Let’s Eat.”

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