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Peanut butter plus jelly equals service

Department of Schools staff take part in summer service project: feeding the homeless

Kim Pryzbylski, superintendent of schools, does her job: cutting the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into halves.

Photographer: ANA RODRIGUEZ-SOTO | FC

Kim Pryzbylski, superintendent of schools, does her job: cutting the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into halves.

MIAMI | When school’s not in session, what do staff at the Department of Schools do? They make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless.

At least that’s what they did July 10, joining in a service project devised by Samuel Ambroise, a senior who is about to graduate from the Archdiocese of Miami Virtual School.

Creating an assembly line of sorts atop their office conference table, staff from the superintendent on made and packed more than 100 sandwiches that Samuel would later distribute to the homeless under the bridge near the Miami-Dade County Justice Building.

The assemblers followed a strict recipe: peanut butter and jelly spread on both bread slices, not just one.

“Several months ago she said she wanted to a service project,” said Don Edwards, associate superintendent of schools, referring to Superintendent Kim Pryzbylski.

When Samuel came up with his a requirement for graduation “we all just kicked in to make it everybody’s service project,” Edwards said.

“You don’t need a special occasion,” noted Hope Sadowski, administrative executive assistant at the Department of Schools. “People are hungry every day.”

Busy assembling peanut butter sandwiches, from left: nt to back: Marcey Ayers, coordinator of special programs; Domenick Russo, coordinator of certification; Kim Pryzbylski, archdiocesan superintendent of schools; Hope Sadowski, administrative executive assistant; ADOM Virtual School student Samuel Ambroise; and Donald Edwards, associate superintendent of schools.

Photographer: ANA RODRIGUEZ-SOTO | FC

Busy assembling peanut butter sandwiches, from left: nt to back: Marcey Ayers, coordinator of special programs; Domenick Russo, coordinator of certification; Kim Pryzbylski, archdiocesan superintendent of schools; Hope Sadowski, administrative executive assistant; ADOM Virtual School student Samuel Ambroise; and Donald Edwards, associate superintendent of schools.


Comments from readers

Leanna Rodriguez - 07/17/2018 12:12 PM
It would have been nice if this article had mentioned the origins of this. Brother Corcoran at the now closed Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame Prep originated this concept, Hunger Fest, and ran it for 21 years, beginning in 1996, until the school was shut down. Msgr. Pace High School picked up the reins this past year. Samuel, a former ACND student, no doubt was inspired by Hunger Fest at ACND. This piece is disingenuous and does not give proper credit to a school which has been shamefully brushed under the rug.

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