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Middle School students collect hundreds of food items; hold a "Turkey Trot"

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November 27, 2013 -- Eighth-grade teacher Juliana Ogden and the Student Senate just finished a school-wide canned food drive (collecting 1,300 items!) for the Salvation Army.

This annual tradition has been going strong for nearly two decades, involving the whole school. Homerooms that brought in the most canned food each day had a visit from the Tin Can Man.

Student Senate members who volunteered in the food drive include Taylor Scorincio, Crystal Rivera, Kelly Harrigan, Savannah Minor, Elijah Ames, Corbin Whipperman, Mikayla Burrows, Josephine Lamica, Sophia Vanderpool, Emma Muaro, Sarah Burton, Dalen Pierra, Grace Gohn and Isiah Murray, pictured above-right with the Tin Can Man.

“I think that encouraging the kids to give back to the community where they live is a wonderful lesson,” said Mrs. Ogden. “Many also become thankful for what they have.” Top-collecting homerooms included Mrs. Luce-Aurilio’s 5th Grade, Mr. Moynihan’s 5th Grade, and Mrs. Schefold’s 6th Grade.”

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Fifth-graders dash off the starting line at the annual "Turkey Trot" around the back fields of the Middle School.

Also prior to Thanksgiving, fifth-graders at the Middle School hosted their own early-morning Turkey Trot run—nearly a mile around the back fields of the school. After the run, the students enjoyed homemade blueberry bread, corn bread and more at their third annual Thanksgiving Breakfast.

Before the meal, student-created, Thanksgiving-themed placemats were set out randomly at each table. When students found their own placemat for the breakfast, the seating arrangements “encouraged new bonds with new faces,” said fifth-grade teacher Sharon Varney. “Some placemats included a Thanksgiving mad lib story-a fun way of practicing parts of speech.” Other placemats were artfully woven with colorful strips of construction paper.

“The students are gaining a sense of community, friendship-building, and appreciation of others,” said Mrs. Varney.