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RBR School-Wide Winter Food Drive Benefits Lunch Break and Salvation Army

RBR School-Wide Winter Food Drive Benefits Lunch Break and Salvation Army


English teacher Cassandra Dorn and RBR juniors Hayley Rienzo and Derrick Bradley loading food drive truck  For the fourth year in a row, the Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) has utilized a “Battle of the Classes” competition to motivate a school-wide food drive which benefits the local community. Over 7600 food items were donated from late February through April 1 to help fill the food shelves of Lunch Break and the Salvation Army in Red Bank, at a time when large donations aren’t typically made to local pantries. 

            "This was our fourth annual school-wide food drive, and the results were incredibly positive, especially because snow days and PARCC testing disrupted the flow of our school's schedule," said English teacher Cassandra Dorn, who organizes the drive each year. "As always, the RBR family demonstrated incredible generosity and teamwork. The competitive nature of the contest makes it more fun, but the real prize is that our school community makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of people in the area." The winning graduating class is awarded $1000 toward their class fund.

            The competition included student classes and staff.  Staff members were divided into teams based on zodiac signs with the winner being Team Gemini/Pisces who overwhelmed the other competitors with over 1100 items.  This year featured an unprecedented result: a tie. "The senior class of 2015 and the junior class of 2016 both collected 2,411 items," Ms. Dorn said. "We'll figure out a way to award the $1000 prize to both classes!" Winners also receive points for the RBR Battle of the Classes competition in May.

            RBR Principal Risa Clay stated of this school-wide, community service understaking, “I am so very proud of our RBR community. Once again, RBR staff, students and families have demonstrated that they are willing and able to mobilize to support our communities. Kudos to our teacher, Ms Dorn who consistently organizes this and other community service projects for those in need of assistance.”