by Marisa Kaplita Editor-In- Chief
From food drives to turkey walls to delivering holiday meals, Branford High School takes its Thanksgiving very seriously. Everyone from students to faculty was eager to help out the town to make sure every Branford family has a great thanksgiving day. No one should go hungry on Thanksgiving and the Branford Food Pantry along with a little help from the High School, made that a possibility.
Advisory classes collected non perishable food items and money to donate to the Food Pantry, and Mr. Lyons and Ms. Monks took their own initiative and collect food items in their own classes, as well as their advisories, and they collected multiple boxes full of food!
The faculty also had their own way of helping out. Librarian Pam Roy spearheaded a collection for turkeys. Every time a member of the faculty made a donation, their name was added to a board to keep a tally in the faculty room. This display was just one creative ways to get everyone member of BHS involved in the community. Their goal was to collect $1000, and they collected $1,245.
On November 22, there was a field trip to go out and deliver food from the Food Pantry to different people in the community. Many students took advantage of this opportunity and left school for a few hours that day to do some volunteer work. The over 20 students drove over to the pantry, started loading up cars with boxes of food, which included butter, juice, carrots, apples, crackers, etc. and frozen turkeys; pretty much everything a family needs to have a filling Thanksgiving meal! They left in groups of 3-7, to carry boxes and turkeys up to people’s houses and then came back to help sort food items or load more cars.
It is important for kids to see the importance of volunteering and the difference they can make in someone else’s life. Without these deliveries, most of these families wouldn’t get to have a proper Thanksgiving meal, so it means a lot to them that there is something like the Food Pantry that is here for them.
I hope that all the student’s got something out of this trip, even if they were just using it as an excuse to get out of school for the morning. It is great that the school is able to schedule these types of field trips, and the turnouts are even better. Thanksgiving is just the start of the holiday season and there are still plenty of opportunities for students and faculty to help those in need in the community.
And if you missed your chance to sign up for this field trip, and would like to sign up for the next on in December, you can contact Mrs. Pugila at firstname.lastname@example.org.