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BOE Thanks Helping Hands for Hunger Volunteers

Thanksgiving Food Drive Volunteers Recognized

The Manchester Township Board of Education recognized members of the Helping Hands for Hunger Committee and student volunteers at the December 18, 2019 Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent David Trethaway said that what he is always most of proud of in the district is how the students and staff always give back to the community. He said Helping Hands for Hunger is a great example of that, with all of the schools working together to provide Thanksgiving food baskets for local families in need.  He praised the HHH Committee and coordinator Sarah Thiffault for their efforts and for their skill in organizing the drive and the basket packing. "It's really amazing to see," he remarked. 

"This could not happen without the help of the committee members, the school staff, and the students," said Thiffault. She said that 150 baskets were provided this year and 74 students volunteered for the packing day.

Recognized for their efforts, in addition to Thiffault, were staff committee members Brenda Jernack, Karen Craig, Regina Raub, Sarah Paturzo, Jennifer Bilodeau, Casey O'Connor, Liz Hahn, Renee Penn and Raquel Bachonski. 

Student representatives from each school were also recognized: Marin DeWoolf (Regional Day), Amanda Verdi (WS),Samuel Harmann (MTES), Shelby Conti (MTMS), Garbriela Trzepizur (MTHS) and Lillian Sorenson (Ridgeway).

School clubs and teams from all of the district’s schools contribute to the annual drive, along with local businesses and individuals. Student and staff volunteers from all of the schools pack the baskets in an assembly-line fashion a few days before Thanksgiving, joined by volunteers from the community. Each basket contains the makings of a full Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, fruit, cranberry sauce, rolls, and a dessert. 

PHOTO: Back row: Gabriela, Regina Raub, Shelby, Karen Craig; Front row: Sam, Amanda, Lillian, Marin