Pearl S. Buck Elementary

Special Edition

Are You a Federal Employee?

Are you a Pearl Buck parent and a Federal Employee affected by the current shutdown? If you find yourself needing a helping hand, please contact our school nurse, Colleen McIlhenny, at We may be able to assist you through our food pantry and other resources. Your communication with the nurse will remain confidential.

The Pearl Buck Food Pantry is in need of replenishment. Donations of dry goods and gift cards are currently being accepted in our health office.

What are we collecting?

The schools food pantry is low at this time due to more families affected by the government shutdown so we are asking any families that are able to donate any food and pantry items it would greatly appreciated. The nurse has requested specifically the following but will obviously accept all donations:

  • Paper and cleaning products
  • peanut butter
  • Pasta and pasta sauces
  • macaroni and cheese
  • tuna
  • canned meats
  • loaves of bread
  • potato mixes

There will be shopping carts in the lobby all next week so feel free to bring in your food items or send in with your child to put in the cards.

In addition....if anyone has some gift cards to restaurants or stores you may not frequent and you'd like to re-gift them as donations she is happy to take those as well. She will also take VISA or MasterCard gift cards. If you have any gift cards please bring into the office addressed to Mrs. McIlhenney directly.

Any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Tara Ordini at

Thanks in advance to any help you may be able to give.

Sign Up for our 2nd Annua Blood Drive!

If you would like to donate blood, please use this link to schedule your time. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred.

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