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Young Progressives and Student Government: Helping Hunger One Can at a Time

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Weston’s Young Progressives club teamed up with student government to run a Thanksgiving food drive from November 1st to November 21st as a part of WHS’s 26 days of kindness dedicated to those victims of Sandy Hook. Weston High School collected food items to be donated to the food pantry. Student government set up a box in the main office for food donations, but the most successful day was Saturday, November 17th, the “food pantry pick-ups day” according to Doran Sekaran ‘19, head of the Young Progressives club.
Sekaran says that Young Progressives “knew that the supplies in the food pantry would be running low around Thanksgiving, and we thought it would be a great way to help the community. When we found out SGA was doing it also, we decided to team up.”
James Joyce ‘18, president of student government, says that “there are a lot more families in need in Weston than we would think, so ensuring that the pantry has enough supplies really does help out our local community.”
Sekaran says he and a few other members of Young Progressives “spent a week collecting signatures for people who wanted us to come by their houses and pick up the food, as opposed to them bringing the food in.” They received 40-50 signatures. Then Sekaran planned the routes for the drivers–“some friends, some members of the SGA (student government association).”
On the “food pantry pick-ups day,” Sekaran says that they collected 300 items alone on that day and the “official” goal of the food drive was to collect 900 items. Joyce says that 800 cans was actually collected, “which is amazing, as that’s pretty much one can for every student at WHS.”
Students received an award of hot chocolate and cookies the morning of December 4th for their efforts toward the food drive.
“Our real goal was to help to community: make an impact on people’s lives, however limited. I think we succeeded in this respect,” says Sekaran.
Joyce says that “collaborating with the Young Progressives was great–it allow us to collect much more food than we could’ve ourselves.”
When asked about future plans for another food drive, Sekaran says that “there’s no doubt we’re going to do it again, most likely in coordination with SGA. We’ll probably do one in the spring.”
Sekaran says that their future goal is to collect even more items, “which is definitely possible with better coordination and planning, but we really just want to help the community.”

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