The Polo Park Middle School National Junior Honor Society recently held its second annual canned food drive and raised a whopping 1,528 non-perishable items that were donated to Food for Families. The project is run in conjunction with WPTV News Channel 5 and donates foods to less fortunate families in need during the holiday season.
The NJHS students at Polo Park encouraged the entire student body to participate by hanging posters and fliers around the campus and going into each social studies class to personally inspire their classmates. “Last year, the NJHS collected more than 1,400 cans, and our goal was to beat that number,” NJHS Secretary Anna Ortisi said. “I’m really proud of how hard we worked and how much our school showed we care about the community. We had so many cans that we were able to spell out ‘Polo Park NJHS’ in giant letters in front of our school.”
This is the 30th year of News Channel 5 hosting this event, with Polo Park now contributing nearly 3,000 canned goods in just two years. This service project, along with a toy drive and donation to Palms West Hospital every December, are examples of the dedication to the community that Polo Park and its NJHS believe in.
ABOVE: Polo Park students displaying the 1,528 cans they collected.