By Dan Jordan de Jong for The Island Connection
Charleston Collegiate School freshmen Paulsen and Alec Evans are spreading the love with their latest philanthropic endeavor. They collected 375 jars of peanut butter and jelly to donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank on Valentine’s Day. Paulsen and Alec are no strangers to philanthropy.
Earlier in the school year, they raised more than $6,500 to help the Alston family of Wadmalaw Island get a well installed at their home so the family would finally be able to live with clean water. The funds they raised went directly to the Alston’s well through the Water Wellness Program, which installs new wells with updated filtration technology. The Evans’ Spread the Love drive took place on their school’s campus until Feb. 13. They spoke to their fellow upper schoolers about their service project and arranged for a representative from the Lowcountry Food Bank, Alexis Barbalace, to talk with students about the food bank’s mission.
A group of volunteer upper school students were scheduled to visit the Lowcountry Food Bank on Feb. 14 to donate the food they collected and help put together “buddy packs.” Discussing his motivation for this service project, Alec said, “It is very sad to me that any person in Charleston could go without food. We should share our abundance and help feed children.”
Paulsen added, “I love P & J sandwiches myself, and it makes me happy to collect for hungry kids.” Their goal is to make this an annual service project and pass it on to other philanthropic students when they graduate in 2023.
Charleston Collegiate School’s mission is to inspire students to become passionate, lifelong learners by empowering them with knowledge, creativity, curiosity and confidence to mindfully embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.