Number of Participants: 20
Hours Donated: 20
Value of Time Served: $3,380
Event Type: Hunger
Date: December 16, 2015
212 Smith Road Lake Ronkonkoma
New York 11779, United States
Hundreds of students helped with the food drive, but the main efforts at Sachem North specifically were done by a group called the “dirty dozen”, which is actually about 20 VERY dedicated students who lead the entire donation drive.
Planning for the donation drive happens early in the fall when school starts and really gets heavy by October and into November. They actually start planning the year before as well. Seniors will recruit younger students to join the “dirty dozen” and get the process going. It’s a very neat experience for many students involved.
Students raise funds and donation items at school and also out in the community. They go to food stores, go to local school sporting events, request people bring food to school board meetings … there are a number of ways they gather the items and it always results in an astounding effort and number of food boxes.
Here is a clip from the Sachem Report:
Sachem High School East and Sachem High School North combined to gather a district record 1,746 boxes for this year’s Thanksgiving food drive. Sachem North set a school record with 1,408.
The boxes of food will be distributed to homes across the Sachem community with the help of Brookhaven Interface and the Lighthouse Mission.
Sachem North’s famed “Dirty Dozen” a group of dedicated students who work vigorously to raise money and build boxes of food, out together 725 boxes on their own.
Thanks to the generosity of one Sachem alum from the Class of 1994, who wishes to remain anonymous, a donation of nearly $2,000 came in to churn out hundreds of boxes at North.
“It’s not about number, it’s about feeding families” said Sachem North Student Government co-advisor Jonathan Chiaramonte, who benefited from one of these boxes 23 years ago as a boy growing up in the community.
Sachem East Student Government advisors Bill Kropp and Matt Rivera are in charge of the boxes for their school and hosted an event on Monday in the building to load the food boxes and turkeys onto trucks.
“It’s getting bigger and bigger and this year it was just remarkable” said Chris Olsen, a co-advisor for Sachem North’s Student Government.