Local sixth-grader collects title as top canned-good collector


Jenna Rischitelli, a sixth-grader at Lighthouse Christian School in Dagsboro, recently collected the most canned goods in a Delaware Quarter Horse Youth Association contest — collecting 707 in just one week with the help of her classmates and school.

Coastal Point •  Submitted: Jenna Rischitelli with the non-perishable goods she and her school collected for the American Quarter Horse Association’s canned-food drive.Coastal Point • Submitted
Jenna Rischitelli with the non-perishable goods she and her school collected for the American Quarter Horse Association’s canned-food drive.

Renee Rischitelli, Jenna’s mother and a pre-school teacher at the school, said the American Quarter Horse Association had organized a national canned food drive. The Delaware Quarter Horse Association, in turn, participated in a canned food drive for their region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Jenna asked the principal of the school, Terri Menoche, if the school could help her — and help her they did. Jenna collected the most cans for Delaware.

“To collect 707 cans… It was tremendous. My heart is touched by all the caring people at Lighthouse Christian School. We asked for non-perishable food for the Joseph Store House last Monday. By Friday, we had over 700 items! Now that’s what I call awesome!” remarked Renee Rischitelli.

“I didn’t expect to do that well,” she admitted, adding that the pre-school class collected the most, by one can, among the classes competing within the school.

Rischitelli explained that the Delaware Quarter Horse Youth Association is for kids interested in showing quarter horses, trail riding and showing horses. They also have monthly meetings. She noted that the quarter horse is a specific breed of horse, and they got that name because the breed was developed as race horses that ran a quarter-mile.

She added that Jenna has been showing horses since she was 21 months old.

According to the Delaware Quarter Horse Association Web site, “If you own, lease, ride, show, handle, breed or simply enjoy watching the American Quarter Horse, this is the organization for you.”

They add that people can join the association to “connect, explore, learn and ride, and spend time with horses and their people from Delaware and beyond...”

For more information on the Delaware Quarter Horse Association, visit www.dqha.net online. For more information on Lighthouse Christian School, visit www.lighthousechristianschool.com.