Shawnee clubs come together for Toys for Tots

Despite the pandemic, Shawnee Boy's Soccer and Yellow Ribbon Club filled a trailer with toys to donate.

Nicolette Dedes (Left) and Aleesha Deshmukh (Right) triumphantly pose with bags of toys (Rachel Belville/Special to The Sun).

The Shawnee High School Yellow Ribbon Club and Boys Soccer Team recently held a very successful toy drive for Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute to children who are less fortunate.

Despite the global pandemic, the students and advisors advertised heavily through email, social media, and word of mouth to fill a trailer full of toys to be donated.

The Boys Soccer Team safely poses together while loading the trailer full of toys.
Pictured L to R: Coach Ryan Franks, Lucas Kiriakatis, Ryan Sharpley, Tyler Davidson, Rob
Piccinnini, Evan Hoover, Asher Harrington, Daniel Ferrer, and Owen Healy (Rachel Belville/Special to The Sun).

Rachel Belville, advisor of the Yellow Ribbon Club, said “There was nothing that was going to stop us from making this drive happen again this year. We knew there would be a challenge in getting the word out, but thankfully the community and our students responded. Every year we recognize the importance of this drive, but this year even more families and children needed the joy each present brings, and we really feel that this makes a difference to those in need.”

About LRHSD – The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,800 students from eight communities in Burlington County, NJ. The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland. The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 96% and an average combined SAT score of 1144. A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.