Lower School students hauling in backpacks stuffed with canned goods, check. Middle School advisories scrambling to reach their annual one hundred percent participation goal, check. And Upper School students embracing the idea of expanding this year's collection to include requested items to help with daily living, check.
This year marked the 29th year that EA teamed up with the Haverford School for the annual Can Drive. The goal is to to help stock area food banks with basic food needs. Along with canned goods, the needs expanded this year.
"The importance of the Can Drive is that EA works with our different community partners to provide them with what they need," explained Head Chaplain Tim Gavin. "We discovered that there was a growing need for toiletries, laundry detergent, diapers, and household cleaning items. They needed protein items like peanut butter, tuna fish and beans. We assigned these items to the Upper School students, and they responded with great enthusiasm and energy."
Lower School students collected 1,785 cans. The Middle School gathered 6,542 cans. Points were assigned in the Upper School, converting the monetary value of the donated items to the cost of cans. The final Upper School tally was the equivalent of 7,000 cans. The junior class, which collected toiletries, accrued the most points.
The Community Outreach Board also collected 54 turkeys.
The collected items were distributed to the University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC), St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Chester, ACLAMO, and SHARE.
"I am proud of the entire EA community in how it lived out the Stripe of Generosity," said Father Gavin.