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Woodlands' Great Potential Program Donates Food

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Members of Woodlands High School's Great Potential program packed canned goods into cardboard boxes covered with snowman-printed wrapping paper. Raviolis, potatoes, beans, soup and spaghetti sauce were among the items packaged up for donation.

Over the past few weeks, the Great Potential kids – a group of approximately 17 volunteering students lead by the high school's Psych Director Carolyn Nelson – organized their third annual non-perishable food drive for the Theodore D. Young Community Center's food pantry.

"They're very dedicated to learning leadership and civic responsibility," said Nelson. "We focus on and do a lot of community service. The exposure is good, the community service is good, and so is the leadership."

The food will be delivered to the pantry on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and will be used by community members who are in need of some extra help this year. Other foods donated included canned beets, peaches and tomato paste, and boxed rice and penne pasta.

"We could always have more to donate," Nelson said. "But being that we're in a climate of a lot of people who do not have, I'm sure that they're going to be very appreciative of whatever we can donate to their pantry. I'm just pleased. I wish we had much more to give but this is going to help some families. We're pleased."

On Monday, Dec. 19, the Great Potential students will begin their second annual coat drive. To participate, students are asked to bring in old coats still in good condition. The coats will be accepted until the end of January.

"The Great Potential program provides civic leadership skills and giving back to the community," said Gregoriann Rollins, director of the Great Potential program from Purchase College.

Along with organizing the food and coat drives, the Great Potential Kids are also in charge of reading to the elementary school students to help them learn English and planting flowers on Earth Day.

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