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FMS Teacher and Ewing's "Helping Hands" Recognized by Ellen Show

As has been emphasized by the district theme this year, even before, but especially during a public health crisis, the Ewing PJ Schools cares about the community.

That was again confirmed recently, but this time on a national stage! Fisher Middle School teacher Patrick Jones was one of the recipients of the Ellen Show’s “Box Tops for Education” $250 gift card for the charitable efforts of “Ewing’s Helping Hands.”

“The food drive "Ewing Helping Hands" started with a text I got from a fellow teacher asking if she knew of any resources in the area for a struggling family,” Mr. Jones stated. “A group of Ewing Schools community members started gathering and organizing donations to distribute to families in need. I posted on Facebook later that evening asking for donations from family and friends and the response was overwhelming.  From there the effort has grown to providing boxes, bags of nonperishable food, paper goods, gift cards, canned goods, bread, fruit and other necessities to over 35 families every week. The Ewing community, including both residents and fellow teachers, past Ewing residents and teachers, has been absolutely amazing donating and supporting this effort.”

​When Mr. Jones was first notified by the Ellen Show about being the recipient of the award, he first thought it was spam.

“But my mother got a text that afternoon from a friend showing my name on her screen as Ellen discussed the selections.” Mr. Jones shared. “I put on the television and sure enough, I caught the clip on her show a few moments later. I am humbled and honored to have received this recognition from Ellen, but I have had a lot of support from the school staff, my fellow Ewingites, and others all of whom have made a huge impact on making “Ewing Helping Hands” happen.

Mr. Jones plans on using the gift card from “The Ellen Show” and Box Tops for Education to purchase supplies to distribute to families in need.