by Christine Corliss
Surrounded by their Washington Elementary School classmates are fifth grader Kaityln Hladik, physical education teacher Sheila Zeman, principal Barbara Adams, Director of Human Services at Borough of Caldwell Maria Burak, art teacher Krystyn Kaufman and fifth graders Scott Bivona and Morgan Vibyhal
CALDWELL, NJ - It started as a simple challenge; which class at Washington Elementary School could accumulate the most boxes of macaroni and cheese for four weeks in May and June for donation to the Caldwell Food Pantry. Coordinated by the school’s physical education teacher Sheila Zeman and art teacher Krystyn Kaufman, the Mac and Cheese Wars challenged students to do good by donating a box or two of a favorite childhood food: macaroni and cheese. Students brought in boxes, packages, even cartons of macaroni and cheese, keeping count of their donations on paper thermometers hung on the wall of the school’s gym. The thermometer tallies quickly rose as students continued to bring in boxes each week.
“The teachers were looking for a fun way to inspire students
And a huge success it was, as box after box arrived at the school. As the last week of the contest approached, the number of donations continued to rise as students reported to parents about the current tallies and which classroom was in the lead.
“The competition was not only a way to keep the food pantry
To make sure that everyone would see exactly how much macaroni and cheese was collected, 67 fifth grade students worked with Kaufman and Zeman to “bury” Burak in macaroni and cheese, and then create and Op Art sculpture, stacking the different colored boxes in an artistic formation.
“This really is fantastic,” said Maria Burak,
After counting the 3650 boxes, the class that donated the most number of boxes celebrated their generosity and competitive spirit by watching a movie and snacking on ice pops during one of the last days of the school year.
Added Adams, “This fun event had a very serious purpose:
So, where is all of the macaroni and cheese?
“We have a lot of it at the food bank,” said Burak.
Caldwell Food Pantry Donation
For more information on how to help or to make a local donation, contact:
1 Provost Square
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Principal: Barbara Adams
201 Central Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006