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Apr 22, 2016

High School Students Self-Organize Food-Packing Event; Will Deliver 10,000 Meals to St. Francis Food Bank


Event:            High School Students Self-Organize Food-Packing Event; Will Deliver 10,000 Meals to St. Francis Food Bank
Date:             Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time:             Food Packing: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Food Delivery: 11:30 a.m.
Location:       CREC Discovery Academy
                       176 Cumberland Avenue
                       Wethersfield, CT 06109

                       Mount Sinai Campus of St. Francis Hospital
                       490 Blue Hills Avenue
                       Hartford, CT 06112 


For the past six months, 30 high school juniors and seniors from throughout Greater Hartford collaborated to organize a food-packing event, which will held on the morning of Saturday, April 23. The students raised more than $2,500 dollars and will pack 10,000 meals at the CREC Discovery Academy in Wethersfield to benefit the food bank at St. Francis Hospital. From there, they will bring the meals to the Mount Sinai campus of St. Francis Hospital on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford.

The students, part of the statewide leadership group Capitol Region Interdistrict Leadership Academy, organized the event. The Capitol Region Interdistrict Leadership Academy is a program managed by CREC and aims to provide a diverse forum for students to practice ethical and collaborative leadership through research and community service.

Before the students came together to formalize and carry out the service project, they participated in a week-long formal leadership program at the Colorado Outward Bound School in Leadville, Colorado. Wanting to build off the lessons they learned in Colorado and in follow-up sessions throughout the school year, the group identified hunger as a major concern in their local community and chose to raise funds for the food-packing event.

In March, the students visited the Joan C. Dauber Food Bank to hear from its founder and namesake about the organization's mission, activities, and major areas of need.

In order to raise the $2,500, students asked fellow classmates, teachers, friends, family, and local businesses for financial support. In addition, they hosted “Benefit Nights” at Chipotle, Bertucci’s, and other area restaurants.

Participating students reside in 22 communities and attend 24 high schools in the Greater Hartford area.


The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at


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