Exeter High School Holds Food Drive Through Children’s Theater Production to Benefit Local Organization


New Hampshire School Administrative Unit 16
Christine Rath, Interim Superintendent
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Exeter High School Holds Food Drive Through Children’s Theater Production to Benefit Local Organization

Executive Director of St. Vincent De Paul Community Assistance Center Molly Zirillo receives food donations from Theater Director Joel Iwaskiewicz that were collected at Exeter High School’s annual Children’s Theater performances. (Courtesy Photo)

EXETER — Principal Michael Monahan is proud to announce that Exeter High School’s Children’s Theater production brought in more than 125 bags of donated items to benefit a local community assistance center.

Over a two day period, more than 800 students and their teachers at SAU’s elementary schools brought canned and non-perishable foods, along with personal care items as their “tickets” to Exeter High School’s original play “Titans, Let’s Go!” The performance was put on by EHS student actors on May 30 and June 1.

With almost every audience member bringing at least one thing, close to 800 items were donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Assistance Center in Exeter — one of their largest donations to date.

Elementary students, teachers and chaperones came from East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham Memorial and Swasey Central. Donations included canned foods like soup, beans, fruits and vegetables, as well as other non-perishable items. Given the success of this year’s drive, SAU 16 plans to continue incorporating it into Children’s Theater performances.

“I am proud that these EHS drama students could play a part in positively impacting the lives of community members in need through this food drive,” said Theater Director and English Teacher Joel Iwaskiewicz, who organized the drive. “Their original production was full of energy and joy, and we are so grateful for the generous outpouring of support from the elementary students, their chaperones and teachers who came to see the play.”

This year’s Children’s Theater play, a superhero comedy, was written and produced by the 27 students in EHS’s Play Production class. The play explored the themes of progression and acceptance in which a group of superheroes lose their powers and must work with the kids who have unexpectedly inherited the super abilities of their heroes.