The Peck School’s Fourth Grade has asked local Morristown businesses to “Partner with Peck for the Pantry,” by helping to collect non-perishable food items for the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County.
Through February 24, 2012, anyone can bring donations of canned and boxed goods to any of the local businesses listed below. Peck Fourth Graders will routinely collect donations and deliver to the Interfaith Pantry.
The Peck School, an independent, co-ed, Kindergarten through Eighth Grade day school located in Morristown, New Jersey, places a particular importance on service learning and community awareness within its educational program. From Kindergarten and on, students devote time and energy to serving the local and global communities through meaningful—and fun—hands-on activities. This approach gives students a stronger sense of self and a better understanding of the world in which they live. A built-in reflection process deepens their understanding, enhances empathy, and solidifies a meaningful, caring connection to the community.
Service learning at Peck grows out of community needs and student interests, while remaining strongly tethered to the curriculum. Each grade is given a specific service learning “theme” on which to focus and devise projects throughout the school year, often paring with a charitable organization in the greater Morristown area.
Typically, both students and faculty originate project ideas to support their themes and charitable organizations. Such was the case for the Fourth Grade initiative, “Partner with Peck for the Pantry,” devised by Fourth Grade teachers Antonia Pelaez and Sherri Rotz, with the help of Nina Sharma, Head of the Lower School.
The Fourth Grade’s service learning theme is hunger, and the students have all been working with the Interfaith Food Pantry throughout the year—collecting food items, touring the facility, and helping to sort and shelve donation items. The teachers and students wanted to mark their 100th day of School (and service learning) with a special project for the Pantry.
Peck Fourth Graders, with Mrs. Pelaez, Mrs. Sherri Rotz and Mrs. Sharma, visited a number of local businesses to ask for help with this project. A warm reception occurred with each visit, as business proprietors happily agreed to support this worthy cause.
Peck will be collecting donations through the 24th of February, and a collection box can be found in each partner establishment.
Several wonderfully generous staff members from these businesses have already donated goods, and the Peck Fourth Grade asks staff and customers to keep up the momentum!
The Peck School sends its gratitude to the following “Partners for the Pantry.”
Morristown Tire Co. (105 Morris Street, 973-538-5580)
Bank of America (188 South Street, 800-432-1000)
The South Street Creamery (146 South Street, 973-267-8887)
Flair Cleaners (10 Elm Street)
Morristown Deli (7 Elm Street)
Rago Brothers Shoe and Leather Repair (142 Speedwell Ave.)
The Teaching Room (158 South Street, 800-834-8322)
Union Bank (Town Hall, 214 South Street, 973-292-0014)
Smartworld Coffee (74 South Street, 973-359-9800)