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Westtown Senior Class Donates to Philabundance

By Sara Mosqueda-Fernandez
Staff Writer
Chester County Daily Local News

WEST CHESTER — Westtown School seniors raised $5,000 for local hunger relief as a group senior project.

Senior officers of the 2011 class presented a check to David Chiles, senior manager for Philabundance’s volunteers. Chiles said the funds are equal to more than 10,000 meals offered by the group to residents in need.

From the graduating class, 96 seniors from the Quaker preparatory school collaborated in a group senior project where they dedicated themselves throughout the 2010-2011 school year to Philabundance, a Philadelphia-based hunger relief organization that serves the Delaware Valley.

Service activities performed by the students included raising money for Philabundance by selling 500 pounds of pies, and putting in almost 400 person-hours of on-site service at the nonprofit. While volunteering there, they processed, sorted and packaged literally tons of pasta and frozen meat, and sorted through more than 40,000 cans of food, asserting that any recalled products were removed prior to shipping.

“This class has been amazing,” said senior class adviser Steve Compton. “Never before have I seen a student group put out this amount of energy to help other people.”

Westtown School describes the senior project program as an opportunity for graduating seniors to explore and discover outside of the classroom, and to demonstrate their ability to work independently, while pursuing motivating personal interests or goals. Students are responsible for coming up with an idea for their project, its planning and execution, including contacting any appropriate persons in outside organizations, budgeting for expenses and meeting deadlines set by the school.

Philabundance, founded in 1984, is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief initiative. Partnered with the Philadelphia Food Bank, they offer their services through many places, including food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers throughout the region, providing about 65,000 people, many of whom are children or seniors, with food every week.

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