NCHS Pura Vida Club to Host Food Packing Event This Weekend

Ian Knechtle, a 2010 NCHS graduate, came across a helpless boy nicknamed Zorro in his sophomore year, during a mission trip in Costa Rica that had been organized by a nonprofit that his mother had founded, Pura Vida for Children. Lacking food and shelter, the boy saw Knechtle and others in the organization build him a home and provide the basic necessities that he lacked—items many would take for granted. “We really saved his life,” recalled Knechtle, who would go on that year, 2007, to found the Pura Vida Club at New Canaan High School. Since then, the organization has become a NCHS fixture and popular option among Club Fair sign-ups each fall. Starting Friday and through the weekend, Pura Vida is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Feed My Starving Children for a food packing event at the NCHS cafeteria (sign up here to help).