The drama club at Delsea Regional High School collected 79 bags of groceries for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Southern Regional Center, Woodbury, and donated an additional $500 in supermarket gift cards. The foundation delivers food to families of children with cancer. Club members reduced ticket prices on a matinee performance for those who donated a pantry item. Next year, club members plan to take part in the center program that provides birthday gifts to the children.

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Students at Glassboro's Thomas E. Bowe and Dorothy L. Bullock Schools sponsored a joint book drive last month. Books collected for children and young adults will go into classroom libraries in the district, and to Glassboro's Boys and Girls Club, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a local homeless shelter. The book drive began four years ago, the idea of

Olivia Romalino

, now a sixth-grader at Bullock, where her mother,

Donna

, teaches third grade. This year, Olivia's third-grade sister,

Sophia

, helped coordinate the drive, which yields about 3,000 books annually.

Heather Petolicchio

of Mantua, student assistance counselor at Washington Township High School, will receive a Greater Philadelphia Community Service Award from the Caron Treatment Centers. Caron's annual awards breakfast is set for Thursday at the Union League, Philadelphia. The awards recognize contributions in the areas of prevention, addiction treatment and recovery. Petolicchio, a teacher at the school since 1995, will receive the Terry Muzzy Educational Excellence Award for the relationships she has fostered with students since becoming a counselor in 2002.

Lois Lyons

, a teacher at Birches Elementary School in Washington Township, was named the recipient of a 2008 Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Special Education Teachers. Lyons is an intermediate, self-contained special education teacher in her 14th year with the township schools.

Ross Beitzel

, a Gloucester County College art teacher, has received the Paul Aiken Encore Award from the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Beitzel is credited with establishing a college collection of more than 300 pieces of art through his world travels and donations from artists, including

Paul Stankard

, renowned for his paperweights. The award, named for a former president of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, honors support of the arts and cultural heritage community.

- Lea Sitton Stanley