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Student council provides a merry Christmas to families
Through its Adopt-a-Family program during the month of December, student council was able to provide three families in the Allegheny County area with gifts for Christmas.
Each family submitted a wish list along with the names of children and their ages for Adopt-a-Family event chairs Rachel Ditzenberger, Kate Hermiller, and Sarah Ranier to shop accordingly.
The initiative was funded through the Student Council budget along with monetary donations from student council members and the student body.
Students from the high school were able to decorate an ornament for one dollar that would be hung on the student council tree in the main lobby that would support Adopt-a-Family funds.
Student council sponsor Dr. Katie Mercadante made known that every donation is appreciated.
“Every contribution makes a difference no matter how small. Student council members were encouraged to donate five dollars and every ornament decorated was another dollar towards funding.”
Mercadante also agreed that it was nice to know the student body wanted to get involved with helping the Adopt-a-Family initiative.
“There was a good response to the tree decorating and it was to involve the students. Some students just donated a dollar and did not decorate an ornament because they felt that was the best way for them to help.”
Mercadante also noted that the items on the wish list were items that most children would take for granted on any ordinary day.
“These kids asked for socks, blankets for their beds, and even a pillow. Initiating this program every year shows how fortunate we are with what we have.”
The event chairs went shopping on the weekend of December 15 and the gifts will be wrapped and distributed before December 21.