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Schools Collects PB&J for Kiwanis Club

Peanut butter and jelly, a staple in many pantries, can be in short supply at local food pantries. Knowing that many peoppeanut butter and jelly drivele are struggling to make ends meet, the Smith Intermediate Student Council and Barry Primary School decided to partner with the Cortland Kiwanis Club to collect new and unopened jars of PB & J. 

Student council adviser Melissa Holl said, “The student council has a long history of service to others. Now that we are learning about the Positivity Project, and #OtherPeopleMatter, peanut butter and jelly drive really blended in well with what the student council wanted to accomplish this year. The Kiwanis Club explained that February break is coming up and they wanted to restock their food pantries in Cortland County since kids will not be able to get their breakfast and lunch at school.” 

Members of the Smith student council, Bree MacHenry and Adeline Morey both agreed that they wanted to help out because they wanted to give back to their community. Adeline said, “I know that some people are not fortunate enough to have food so I wanted to make sure they were provided for and their life would be a little easier, then they can be happier. When I am helping other people that are in need, it makes me feel happy and like I am helping my neighbors and town.” 

Bree agreed and said, “I like doing projects in Student Council because it makes people happy and it makes me happy that we are helping other people. I like doing something for the community we live in because I know that there are some people that are working hard and still having trouble buying food.” 

Melissa Holl said, “The goal is to have each classroom bring in around 15 jars of peanut butter and jelly. Then we would have 255 jars total. In the spring, the student council hopes to come up with more ideas to encourage students to help others so stay tuned to our social media accounts for future community service projects!” 

If you wish to donate jars of peanut butter and jelly, you can do so by dropping them off at the main office at Smith Intermediate School or Barry Primary School during school hours.


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