Upper Cape Tech Helps Two Food Pantries With Canned Food Drive

Upper Cape Tech students pack up the food they collected for Bourne Friends Food Pantry and Damien’s Place Food Pantry in East Wareham.PATRICIA PEAL/ENTERPRISE - Upper Cape Tech students pack up the food they collected for Bourne Friends Food Pantry and Damien’s Place Food Pantry in East Wareham.

Each year students at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School host a canned food drive as part of their Bourne Rotary Interact Club activities. This year’s drive was their best year ever, collecting 293 cans for the Bourne Friends Food Pantry and Damien’s Place Food Pantry in East Wareham.

The plumbing and heating group won first place in a school competition designed to reward the most cans collected.

Karen Martin-Myers, is the teacher and advisor for the Interact Club.

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“We have this annual food drive now, after all of the holidays are over, because this is when the food pantry’s experience a lull in contributions and have their greatest need. This push helps them get through the summer. The students really outdid themselves this year,” Ms. Martin-Myers said.

As winners of the schoolwide competition the plumbing and heating classes will enjoy a pizza party during their shop class the first week in May. Freshman Timothy J. Brown was highlighted by his shop teacher Ernest R. Yeaw for collecting 90 cans. Junior, Eric Garrison went grocery shopping with his mom just for the contest and donated 40 cans on his own. John W. Hite and Nicholas J. White were two freshmen who also participated in the drive.

“It is good to help those less fortunate,” Nicholas said. “It is the right thing to do,” John said.

Both Mr. Yeaw and his fellow shop teacher Roland M. Poliseno agreed that it was the freshman class that lit a fire under their upper classmates this year. “The freshman have really set the bar high this year,” Mr. Yeaw said.

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