Pettisville students from kindergarten through 12th grade spent time Monday, May 9, working on a huge project to benefit others.
Students prepared meals for the local Meals of Hope initiative.
The event was spearheaded by the Pettisville FFA and organized by John Poulson, FFA advisor.
The students filled bags with nutrient-enriched macaroni and cheese, then packed the bags into boxes to be shipped to food banks and food pantries in Fulton County and the surrounding area.
The FFA set an initial goal of raising $11,000 to fund the project.
Speaking to the Pettisville School Board at its Monday, May 9 meeting, Chris Lee, district treasurer and active FFA supporter, said the group raised over $16,000.
At the end of the day, the students and other supporters packed 67,968 bags of macaroni and cheese.
“This was a fabulous event, and a great chance for our students to make a connection to each other and to those in need in the surrounding communities,” said Michael Lane, high school principal.
“John Poulson did a fantastic job organizing it and acting as a cheerleader to keep everybody motivated and excited about the accomplishment.
“He should be commended for his hard work and dedication.”– D.J. Neuenschwander