Students at Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna, collected nearly 18,000 cans of green beans for their annual collection to benefit Albany Equinox on Thursday, Nov. 19. For the past 13 years, the middle school has collected green beans for annual Albany Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner. The annual goal of 1,600 cans was surpassed by over 200 cans with a collaborative effort from staff, faculty and students. Students wore green clothing and promoted the event across the school. During these tough economic times it gives me a warm feeling to help people who are having difficulty putting food on their tables, said Natasha Nugent, an eighth grader at Van Antwerp.