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PCHS helps give out food boxes

The Pulaski County High School guidance department has gone above and beyond their normal job duties to help families in need this Thanksgiving holiday.
With the help of faculty and staff at PCHS, local businesses and organizations, and the SHARE program, they were able to give food boxes to 56 different families of PCHS students on Thursday.
“We realized it was going to be a tough year for a lot of people around here,” said Julia Bennett, a guidance counselor at PCHS.
She said that the guidance department usually tries to do projects during the holiday season to help out students and their families who are in need, so during one of their department meetings, she suggested that they contact the SHARE program about distributing food boxes to some of those families.
Arrangements were made with the SHARE program, and the department set a goal of serving 50 food boxes to families of students in grades nine through 12 who they knew would not be able to receive this help anywhere else.
Fortunately, enough money was raised that they were able to serve 56 families, Bennett said.
Each box was priced at $24 and included an 8 to 10 pound turkey, frozen green beans, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, celery, onions, oranges, apples, grapefruit, frozen cheesecake and soft drinks, Bennett said.
She noted that the school’s maintenance department picked up the food, Bill McMillan provided boxes to place the food in, and within an hour and a half, the food was boxed and ready to be distributed, thanks to the help of PCHS students in Ms. Roseberry’s and Mr. Andrews’ fourth block classes.
Gina Miano, also a guidance counselor at PCHS, commented that the students who boxed the food were very helpful, and she said they seemed glad to do it because they knew it was for a good cause.
Miano also noted that in the past, the PCHS guidance department, which includes herself, Bennett, Chrissi Vest, Mary Cheverton, Angie Harrell and Cheryl Lewis, have bought Thanksgiving dinners for families, but using the SHARE program made it easier, because they didn’t have to do all of the shopping on their own.
Along with faculty and staff at PCHS, local businesses and organizations who donated to this cause include the Pulaski County Touchdown Club, State Farm agent Sarah Tilson-Miano, Ethan Allen, transportation services, Scott Arnett on behalf of Horace Mann, Andy Owens on behalf of Edward Jones and Anthony Miano.
Others who made this project possible include Kathy Rayne of the SHARE program, First United Methodist Church, which served as PCHS’s SHARE host, Reno Palombit, who is a culinary arts teacher, and Elaine Woolwine, assistant principal.

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PCHS helps give out food boxes

The Pulaski County High School guidance department has gone above and beyond their normal job duties to help families in need this Thanksgiving holiday.
With the help of faculty and staff at PCHS, local businesses and organizations, and the SHARE program, they were able to give food boxes to 56 different families of PCHS students on Thursday.
“We realized it was going to be a tough year for a lot of people around here,” said Julia Bennett, a guidance counselor at PCHS.
She said that the guidance department usually tries to do projects during the holiday season to help out students and their families who are in need, so during one of their department meetings, she suggested that they contact the SHARE program about distributing food boxes to some of those families.
Arrangements were made with the SHARE program, and the department set a goal of serving 50 food boxes to families of students in grades nine through 12 who they knew would not be able to receive this help anywhere else.
Fortunately, enough money was raised that they were able to serve 56 families, Bennett said.
Each box was priced at $24 and included an 8 to 10 pound turkey, frozen green beans, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, celery, onions, oranges, apples, grapefruit, frozen cheesecake and soft drinks, Bennett said.
She noted that the school’s maintenance department picked up the food, Bill McMillan provided boxes to place the food in, and within an hour and a half, the food was boxed and ready to be distributed, thanks to the help of PCHS students in Ms. Roseberry’s and Mr. Andrews’ fourth block classes.
Gina Miano, also a guidance counselor at PCHS, commented that the students who boxed the food were very helpful, and she said they seemed glad to do it because they knew it was for a good cause.
Miano also noted that in the past, the PCHS guidance department, which includes herself, Bennett, Chrissi Vest, Mary Cheverton, Angie Harrell and Cheryl Lewis, have bought Thanksgiving dinners for families, but using the SHARE program made it easier, because they didn’t have to do all of the shopping on their own.
Along with faculty and staff at PCHS, local businesses and organizations who donated to this cause include the Pulaski County Touchdown Club, State Farm agent Sarah Tilson-Miano, Ethan Allen, transportation services, Scott Arnett on behalf of Horace Mann, Andy Owens on behalf of Edward Jones and Anthony Miano.
Others who made this project possible include Kathy Rayne of the SHARE program, First United Methodist Church, which served as PCHS’s SHARE host, Reno Palombit, who is a culinary arts teacher, and Elaine Woolwine, assistant principal.

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