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Brenda Lawrence
Friday, December 21, 2018

As a result of a challenge issued to students and staff to “Stuff the Bus” with food items for the local Chrysalis Place Food Pantry by two Gardiner Regional Middle School Staff members, over 3,000 items were loaded into a school bus and staff members pick-up truck and delivered to the Gardiner area food pantry on December 20th.
Donations of dry and canned items were collected over a period of three weeks. Included was a friendly competition among homerooms for a first place pizza party and a “runner up” cookie party sponsored by the school’s PTO.
One of the two staff members who issued the challenge and desire to remain anonymous stated “We wanted ‘to stuff the bus”’ in order to provide local families and students with a good meal and continue to make a difference in our community.”
This life-long learning experience provided students with the opportunity to support those less fortunate and participate in a little healthy competition along the way. One of M.S.A.D. #11 and Gardiner Regional Middle School’s goals for the year is to create strong and caring connections with the communities of the district. At this time of giving this small gesture certainly helped to make that goal a little closer to reality as the first half of the school year comes to a close.
The students and staff at G.R.M.S. would like to extend this challenge to anyone reading this article. For more information about what you could do to support Chrysalis Place Food Pantry they can be reached at 582-5507.