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Plainville High School Community Support Thrives

Plainville High School students and faculty continue to support the local community through a number of service initiatives. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club, under the direction of Advisors Steven Michaud and Mary Jobs, recently held two charitable events. "Our FBLA Club is trying our best to provide opportunities for the students and staff to give back to the Town of Plainville. Our
school community has done a great job supporting numerous charitable endeavors this holiday season," explained Michaud. Students collected spare change during the month of November totaling approximately $200 through the "Thanksgiving Jug." The goal of this project was to assist the Plainville Community Food Pantry in its efforts to provide for the citizens of Plainville who are in need. The FBLA Club also joined forces with the Education Association of Plainville (EAP) in sponsoring a Winter Clothing Drive. Staff and students from the high school donated approximately 50 winter coats and numerous other warm clothing items.

The United Way Youth Board, under the direction of Advisor Kelly Lyons, collected personal care items to support the St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter in Bristol. Students competed amongst grade levels to see which class could collect the most items. Over 2,000 personal care items were collected, with the senior class winning the competition by collecting 1,000 of the items.

The FBLA Club and Student Council are collaborating during the holiday season to help collect toys in support of the Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots Campaign. Unwrapped toys collected at the high school will be brought to the Marine Corps Center for distribution before the holidays. The FBLA Club is also organizing flower sales within the school and all proceeds from these events will be used to purchase toys for the project. In addition, the Student Council is organizing a canned food drive during the month of December. Canned goods collected will be donated to the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Student Council Advisors are Jeff Wanner, Jen Kohl, Allan Amundsen, Kelly Lyons, Steve Compson, Jen Micowski, Frank Bogdan, and Cheryl Hathaway.

The Bio-Medical Club, under the direction of Advisor John Girard, is also holding a toy drive to benefit children at local hospitals during the holidays. Students will deliver the toys to both Bristol Hospital and the New Britain Hospital for Special Care. The Young Educators Society (YES) Club is supporting the community through a new and used children's book drive. Under the direction of Advisor Kerry Patterson, students will donate books collected to the Plainville Public Library and the three Plainville elementary schools.

"The call for community service is being answered by our student body. We are proud of their response and continue to encourage them to offer their service to those in need," said Plainville High School Principal Greg Ziogas.

-Posted on December 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM

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