Faculty, students and friends gather around Vice Principals John Benvenuto and Dena Mahoney before the start of the A+ Principal's Challenge.
Berkeley Heights Council Vice President Jeanne Kingsley and St. Vincent de Paul Vice Principal, John Benvenuto bag groceries to be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
St.Vincent de Paul Wins Stop and Shop Principal's Challenge
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • 10:26pm
Stop and Shop in Berkeley Heights was a blur of blue on Saturday, March 16th as faculty, students and family from St. Vincent de Paul School, in Stirling cheered on their vice principals as they took part in an onsite shopping competition. The shopping spree was one of the winning entries in Stop and Shop’s A+ Principal’s Challenge, for which St. Vincent won $1000.
To celebrate the school’s National Blue Ribbon award, Vice Principals Dena Mahoney and John Benvenuto dressed all in blue. They had two minutes to fill their carts with as many different non-perishable blue packages as possible. Both vice principals filled their carts with Benvenuto edging out Mahoney by just a few cans of soup. Berkeley Heights Council Vice President, Jeanne Kingsley, also attended and helped bag the groceries when the shopping was done.
St. Vincent families and students helped donate all of the food to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. By the end of the day, almost $650 worth of groceries was purchased. “It gave me great joy to see so many young St Vincent’s students supporting such a worthwhile service project – our own St Vincent’s food pantry,” said Mahoney. “The students and families of St. Vincent de Paul School are truly a witness to their Catholic faith in their commitment to serving the poor as exemplified by their patron St. Vincent de Paul.”