Setauket Wins Food Drive Contest, Nick Cannon Visits

After spending many hours collecting canned and nonperishable food items on weekends and after school, Setauket Elementary School was named the first-place winner in the Nick Cannon “Takeover” Food Drive, coordinated by LI Cares and Party 105. As a result of the schoolwide effort, organized by fourth-grade teacher Lisa Wall and assisted by Pam Austin and Pam Roberts, the school collected 26,732 pounds of food for the LI Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank. For winning the contest, Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” visited the school before spring break and served as principal for the day.

A large number of donations were collected by Ms. Wall and her class, who distributed posters and letters at school and led the effort three weekends in a row, soliciting donations outside several local food stores. Student council members, sixth-grade volunteers and many parents were also instrumental in the process, as they inspired the entire school to take part in the challenge and aid those in need. The 43 participating schools collected a total of 139,158 pounds of food during the drive, which will assist LI Cares in providing 115,502 meals for families across Long Island.

“We tried to get all the students involved in the food drive” said Ms. Wall. “They were really excited to have won Nick Cannon as their principal for a day, but I think they understand that helping others was really the most important part of this contest.”

As a special thanks to Ms. Wall and her students for their extraordinary efforts, the class was invited to tour the LI Cares facility, help sort donations and attend a presentation on the hunger concern on Long Island.

Learning to Stay Healthy

Setauket Elementary School third- through sixth-grade students had the chance to take an up-close look at the field of medicine when members of the Stony Brook University Class of 2015 physicians assistants program visited the building. During the event, the students attended a variety of hands-on and informational health literacy workshops.

The stations focused on the heart, germs and the brain. Students learned how the heart pumps blood and is a muscle that never stops working through a fist pumping station; tested their heart rate both before and after a short exercise; learned how neurons allow the brain to function; and the effectiveness of hand washing using “germ goo” and black lights.