hc food drive 1PHOTO:  Principal Dr. Mark DeMareo with eighth grade boys, left to right, James Durney, Michael Bennett, Spencer Foley, Michael Barnwell, Liam Sweeney, David Lombardo, Nicholas Preston, Matthew Camillone, Jack Raymond, William Burgess, and Hugh Straine.

RUMSON, NJ – The Holy Cross School mission statement reads, ”We believe that a faith-based education provides the foundation for one’s character and moral compass, which will serve as internal guidance throughout life and all it holds.” In that light, students are taught from preschool onward the value of Christian service, culminating in twenty documented hours of volunteer service during the seventh and eighth grade years as students prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.

One of these yearly service opportunities is the Holy Cross Parish Thanksgiving Food Drive, which benefits local organizations such as Lunch Break and St. Anthony’s Food Pantry in Red Bank, The Center in Asbury Park, Project Paul in Keansburg, and The Arc of Monmouth. Two weeks before Thanksgiving, students clean out their pantries and ask their parents to buy a few extra groceries for those in need. Even the preschool classrooms have collection boxes for groceries, and the little ones help place their items in grocery bags to be delivered in time for Thanksgiving. When the entrance hall of Holy Cross School can hold no more, eighth graders are enlisted to carry the items over to the church basement where they, in addition to the many donations of Holy Cross parishioners, await transport throughout Monmouth County.

hc food drive 2PHOTO:  Preschool assistant Mrs. Carrie Nitka helps students pack groceries for delivery.

Holy Cross School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Rumson, NJ, is dedicated to educating the whole child in faith, knowledge and character in a God-centered, family atmosphere. For more information, please visit www.holycrossschoolrumson.org or call 732-842-0348, ext 1128, to schedule a visit.