QE food drive collects 2,000 items, $500

Quakertown Elementary School held a food dri­ve called Bring Color to Our Community that allowed stu­dents to be cre­ative. Each grade received a col­or of the rain­bow and had a goal of find­ing food of that col­or.

If the box of mac­a­roni, for exam­ple, was blue that worked for the blue class. If it was red, the red class could donate it. On Tuesday, the school’s teach­ers and staff packed a truck filled with 2,000 food items — 1,416 pounds of food. That, along with a $500 dona­tion, was brought to the Quakertown Food Pantry.

“This is awe­some,” said math teacher Christa Held, who orga­nized the food dri­ve. “It has been amaz­ing to see how kind and giv­ing our QE Community is!”

Third-grader Colby Gerhart recent­ly had a vehi­cle drive-by birth­day par­ty, and those invit­ed were asked to bring a green col­ored can good. “We are very excit­ed to bring in all the dona­tions to school this week,” his par­ents said. “Colby had a blast col­lect­ing for a good cause.”

“This act of kind­ness just warmed my heart and brought me hap­py tears,” Mrs. Held said. “What is even more amaz­ing is that Colby is one of our 100 per­cent vir­tu­al learn­ers! I feel blessed to be part of such an amaz­ing com­mu­ni­ty!”

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