WARRENSBURG Warrensburg teacher Marc Mularz remembers his father as a person always active in his community, and decided to do something in his memory. Its been about a year since my dad passed away, Mularz said. His adult life after World War II was devoted to the Town of Smithtown, where he taught and was the athletic director for 37 and a half years. The loss of his father made Mularz look at his relationship with the community where he works, and he came up with a challenge for his colleagues. The holidays can be a tough time for people to put food on the table and bring home some holiday cheer, he said. This challenge is a nice memorial to my dad and a way to spread good will. Mularz challenged the Warrensburg Teachers Association to raise $1,000 to benefit local food pantries by Christmas. In the letter he wrote to his fellow teachers said that he understood that everyone is asked for help this season. There are lots of fundraisers, and always people pounding at your door asking for help, he said. His goal was for the teachers to raise $1,000, but also to get as close to 100 percent participation as he could, and just about every teacher, along with support staff, made contributions. The challenge was successfully met on Monday, Dec 17 and on Dec. 19, a check for $500 was donated to each food pantry in Warrensburg and Thurman on behalf of the Warrensburg Teachers Association and other faculty and school district staff. These cash contributions were in addition to the hundreds of dollars of food donations gathered by the students, faculty and staff earlier in the month of December. According to Kathy Rounds, deputy town clerk for the town of Warrensburg, the food pantry serves about 50 families, totaling 175 people with a slight increase in need during the holiday season. Norma Venner-Galusha, Thurman town secretary/bookkeeper also reports that the Thurman food pantry typically serves 50 families, including three soldiers who are currently stationed in the Middle-East.