Ware Academy Brings Warmth To Community Through Bread For Life

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The entire school, and its families, came together to pack roughly 10 boxes of coats, hats, mittens and more for adults and children who utilize the Bread for Life Community Food Pantry.

Mia Gillenwater and Allison Hughes, Ware Academy students, help pack up 10 boxes of coats, hats and mittens to deliver to the Bread for Life Community Food Pantry following a school drive.

Ware Academy, its students, families and alumni, came together this month to help keep the community warm.

Last week, just in time for what looks like a final winter 2014 cold snap moving through the region, Ware Academy students delivered 10 boxes of coats, hats, mittens and more to the Bread for Life Community Food Pantry.

The entire school came together to execute this community service project, said Ginger James, Ware Academy’s Director of Admissions and Special Events.

“Students, parents, alumni and friends of the school donated these much needed items to help keep our community warm,” James said. “We did this community service project last year, too, and it really resonated with our students.”

This is the second community service project Ware Academy has done in recent months in support of Bread for Life.

On Dec. 17, Ware Academy’s National Junior Honor Society students, Student Council Association leaders and eighth grade Team Captains delivered roughly 20 boxes of food and assorted toiletries following a school wide drive.

Founded in 2009, the Bread for Life Community Food Pantry is located on the grounds of the Church of St. Therese on Main Street in Gloucester and operates as a true community food pantry, actively being supported by volunteers, donations and contributions from churches throughout the region.

The pantry is open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. for residents of Gloucester. Food is purchased and donated.

Bread for Life is on track to handle more than half a million pounds of food this year, making it the largest food assistance program in Gloucester and among the top three in all of Hampton Roads.

In November 2013, Bread for Life was serving nearly 1,407 active families.

When the Ware Academy students made their food delivery in December, Bread for Life’s Director Bob Quinzel told them that Bread for Life was serving roughly 350 families each week, families that range in size from two to 14 people.

“At Ware Academy, teaching our students about the value of community service means getting the students involved in projects, in learning about the needs of our community, and seeing the results of their hard work,” James said. “We are humbled and honored to help this important cause and to help keep our neighbors warm.”

About Ware Academy:

Located one mile from Main Street in Gloucester’s historic Courthouse district on a 19-acre campus, Ware Academy is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through eighth grade. Ware Academy empowers each student to achieve academic excellence, emphasizing the development of mind, body and character.

The primary objectives are to educate the whole child to his fullest potential and for students to acquire a respect and a desire for learning in order to develop into independent, life long learners in preparation for productive and fulfilled lives.

Founded in 1949, Ware Academy is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-sectarian school promoting ethnic and racial diversity. Ware Academy selects students on the basis of academic potential and developmental readiness without regard to race, color, creed, or ethnic origin.

Ware Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Education Records Bureau and the Secondary School Admissions Test Board. Ware Academy is also a member of the National Middle School Association, the National Junior Honor Society and the Association of Supervision in Curriculum Development.

Keep in touch with Ware Academy online at http://www.wareacademy.org, on Facebook at /WareAcademy and on Twitter @WareAcademy1.

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