Pancakes and the principal

Two girls spread syrup on their plates of pancakes

Hackett Middle School Principal Michael Paolino pulled double-duty as a chef on Friday, when he and members of his team made breakfast for the two homerooms that collected the most food items for the school’s recent food drive.

Students in Meghan D'Alessandro’s and Stephanie Hogan’s homerooms gathered the most food in a school-wide drive during February to benefit Hackett’s weekend backpack food program, an effort to send nutritious food home each weekend with students whose families are “food insecure” – unable to afford healthy food for their families.

Paolino didn't just cook Friday's breakfast -- he bought the ingredients, as well. Students started off their day with pancakes, eggs, sausages and juice, after having the pleasure of watching the principal and their teachers make and serve the meal. 

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