Spreading the Love

Students collect two tons of peanut butter for NTFB


Photographer: Quintin Johannesmeyer

Mr. Schram, Mrs. Borland and Mr. Philp’s classes were top donors in the peanut butter drive.

Natalie Royer

JPII collected 1,566 jars of peanut butter, almost two tons,  for the North Texas Food Bank to help end hunger in the community. Jars were collected during September and donated Sept. 30 in a special assembly with the mayor of Plano.

“JPII does the peanut butter drive to help support the city of Plano and North Texas in helping to solve the problem of hunger in our community,” Christian Service Coordinator Nicki Gonzalez said.

Some teachers challenged their own classes to raise the most peanut butter. Gonzalez said Mr. Schram’s and Mr. Philps’ classes raised 600 jars combined.

Mr. Schram’s family experienced hunger during World War II so he wanted to make a difference in helping those in this community.

“I know what it’s like to see hunger first hand and I have a strong passion for helping those going through that same thing,” Mr. Schram said. “I matched one jar of peanut butter for every two my students brought and together we raised 403 jars.”

Last year, JPII collected the most peanut butter in the community.

“The mayor of Plano has challenged us for the second year in a row to take the lead in raising peanut butter,” Gonzalez said. “The peanut butter drive will become a tradition for JPII.”

Because last year’s drive was so successful, JPII raised the goal to 1,000 jars.

“This project helps the JPII community in our mission of seeking to serve and making a difference in our community,” Gonzalez said.