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Mount Pleasant Food Drive Collects Nearly 2,400 Pounds Of Food

Nick DiPaolo stands in front of his office door, which was barricaded with cans of food by his high school colleagues.
Nick DiPaolo stands in front of his office door, which was barricaded with cans of food by his high school colleagues. Photo Credit: Contributed

THORNWOOD, N.Y. -- Mount Pleasant Central School District, in conjunction the statewide NYSUT food drive, collected and donated a ton of nonperishable food items to the Food Bank of Westchester this February. An actual ton, 2,398 pounds to be exact.

Spearheaded by Westlake High School guidance leader Nick DiPaolo and fourth grade teacher Jessica Kelly, the drive was held in all four of the district’s schools for a few weeks in late January and early February. Donation boxes were set up in each school lobby where students and staff could drop off their food items.

Westlake Middle School led the way donating more than 1,200 pounds of food. DiPaolo was floored by the overwhelming response to this year’s drive, which he said was nearly double last year’s donations.

“This is truly a testament to everyone's care and concern for those in our communities,” DiPaolo said.

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