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Westwood Students Collect, Share 250 Pounds Of Candy

George School's student volunteers with their 250-pound candy donation to the troops are, from left, Kate Churchill, Jaeden Lewis, Massimo Barrese, and Raya Lodi.
George School's student volunteers with their 250-pound candy donation to the troops are, from left, Kate Churchill, Jaeden Lewis, Massimo Barrese, and Raya Lodi. Photo Credit: Ray Gonzalez

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Students at the Westwood Regional School District's Jessie F. George School will be shipping 250 pounds of their extra Halloween candy to U.S. troops overseas as part of Operation Shoebox.

The initiative was under the guidance of physical education teacher Dana Farinella. She instructed the students to — on their own — sort the candy into chocolate and non-chocolate items to be packaged and shipped.

“I am excited by the overwhelming generosity of our students," said Farinella, who boxed and weighed the' treats.

"For our first year conducting Operation Shoebox, they exceeded even my highest expectations,” she said.

George School Principal Jessica Gluck was impressed by the students’ citizenship and their willingness to donate hundreds of pounds of candy.

“I am so proud of the efforts and caring nature of our students,” Gluck said. “The amount of candy our students donated is really impressive and speaks to their character and the citizenship we are hoping to instill in our students.”

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