As we celebrate the 125th year since the founding of our school, we acknowledge 125 years of Serviam - “I will serve” and we kicked off the 2022 - 23 school year with a community act of service. Our goal was to collect 1,250 boxes of cereal for distribution through HOPE Community Services to New Rochelle families who are food insecure.
We surpassed our goal! We collected 1,538 boxes of cereal. On Wednesday, September 14, we lined the cereal boxes along the school hallway and then tipped over the first box. Students cheered as the boxes fell over like dominos!
We were happy to have our friends from HOPE Community Services on campus for this special project. They shared that they see a significant spike in requests for cereal every September and the number has been even higher since the pandemic.
Why is The Cereal Effect so important? Millions of American children go to school hungry every day. This includes some of our neighbors in New Rochelle. Cereal is a crucial item in some households, especially if the next meal is not always promised. This is especially true since the pandemic. We want to help combat childhood hunger.
This is a student-led initiative. This year, our student leaders were Lena Gilardi '24 and Caralyn LoConte '25.
We thank all the students, parents, alumnae, faculty and staff who brought in boxes of cereal. We also thank our corporate partners: Acme, DeCicco & Sons, Trader Joe's, and Wegmans. We are also grateful to those organizations that agreed to be collection sites for cereal: Leewood Golf Club, The Town of Eastchester, Wykagyl Country Club, and Sts. John & Paul Parish.