If you ask any Hauser graduate about their time in middle school, one of his or her best memories revolves around the annual canned food drive. I’m proud to say that this great tradition goes on, as we are in the midst of conducting our 45th annual canned food drive.

Hauser has always given the collected food to the Salvation Army’s food pantry in Englewood, but this year we’ve added a second recipient of our collected food: the Riverside Township Food Pantry. We feel that it’s important for our students to know that there are people in need right here in our own community.

To celebrate this great tradition and get the community more involved, you are all invited to our Community Day on Saturday, April 16 in the Hauser parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The Salvation Army will be there playing live music, a bounce house will be set up for the kids and we’ll be collecting food, of course. If you bring six non-perishable items or give a $3 donation, you’ll receive an all-American lunch of hot dog, chips and a drink. 

You’ll also be entered in a raffle for lots of local fun prizes from Aunt Diana’s, Chew Chew, Minuteman Amstar, Molies, Riverside Garage, Shamrock Florist, Riverside Recreation, Riverside Library and Riverside Police Department. Please join us.

If you can’t make it on the April 16, you can make a financial donation online and we’ll do the shopping for you! www.cheddarup.com/tabs/hauser-canned-food-drive.

Special thanks goes to April Mahy, Hauser principal, and Jason Smit, assistant principal, for their tremendous support of the food drive and to our food drive chairwoman, Lisa Gaynor, and her army of volunteers for their months of planning and dedication to one of Hauser’s finest traditions.

Carol Barlow, president 

Hauser Jr. High PTO