As a school in the Episcopal tradition with memberships to Round Square International and the International Baccalaureate Organization, Saint Andrew’s is committed to being of service to others who are less fortunate. Each year in November, the school-wide Thanksgiving Food Drive supports the efforts of prominent local charities who themselves coordinate to distribute Thanksgiving baskets and offer hot meals to families in need.
This year, the Upper School donated food items to Boca Helping Hands. The Lower School collected items for the Youth Activity Center, and the Middle School supported the Boynton Beach Soup Kitchen.
“The Thanksgiving Food Drive represents a very concrete way for the Scots to come together as a community to help the broader community,” commented Christel Callahan, Upper School French Teacher, and organizer of the Upper School’s collection effort.
Altogether, the Upper School collected a total of 523 baskets with a total of $995 in gift cards.
There are some noteworthy Upper School advisory and individual efforts. Ms. Bork’s advisory hit the big numbers with 45 baskets, trailed closely by Ms. Gonzalez’s advisory with 37 baskets. Special recognition to Max Parra ’23 for relentless work during the sorting and loading of the truck.
The Middle School coordinated efforts for each advisory group to create at least two baskets with all the trimmings. Students were also encouraged to donate $5.00 toward the cost of purchasing turkeys. Some MS families and faculty were inspired to contribute additional baskets and money.
“Families that depend on the Boynton beach Soup Kitchen are in desperate need of disposable diapers, so we added this necessity to the list of items,” said Head of Middle School Ann Haynes. “We are pleased to announce that Middle School students and faculty collected 50 baskets, over 50 packages of diapers, and $626 for the Boynton Beach Soup Kitchen,” she added.
Saint Andrew’s Lower School showed its compassion and commitment to service during the Thanksgiving holiday season as well. Through a partnership with the Youth Activity Center, Saint Andrew's Lower School families donated 40 baskets filled to the brim with all the Thanksgiving Dinner trimmings. “Thank you to Lower School room parents for coordinating with classrooms via signup genius to organize two complete basket donations per classroom,” said Chaplain Faye Sommers.
Saint Andrew’s Parents also made a powerful impact in the area of Thanksgiving food donation. The SAPA Fall Parent Get Together on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Waterstone Resort & Marina, a fun social event for Scots parents, was also a time to give back to those in need. Parents in attendance were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to Boca Helping Hands. Parents generously donated 94 lbs of donated food to Boca Helping Hands!
For Scots, community is everything. And during this Thanksgiving season, Saint Andrew’s School can proudly say that the school pulled together in a big way as a community to help to ensure that hundreds of local families are able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Go Scots!