NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – As the holiday season progresses and the calls to assist people in need become louder, one area high school program is leading by example.
The students and faculty of New Rochelle High School’s Campus Alternative high school kicked off the 2016 holiday season by collecting more than 250 turkeys for New Rochelle families in need, according to a statement from the school.
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the group delivered the food to HOPE Community Services, a nonprofit that offers soup kitchen and pantry services and provides food, clothing and school supplies to families in need, according to the school.
The following day, HOPE – with assistance from Campus Alternative students – distributed the turkeys to those unable to provide a full holiday dinner, according to the school.
"Providing students with the opportunity to be of service to others is one of the most valuable experiences we can offer," said Joel Fridovich, the program’s administrator. "This is one of those ‘win-win’ situations."
According to the school, Campus Alternative also held a Thanksgiving feast before the holiday, where students and their families brought in and shared various foods like rice and beans, macaroni and cheese and pasta. Leftovers, clean and untouched, were given to the HOPE soup kitchen.