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WEST SHAMOKIN: Student council sponsors four events

by By VINCENT PASSERINI, Gazette Student News Reporter on December 20, 2013 11:00 AM

RURAL VALLEY — Talk about a busy month. This month, the West Shamokin Senior High School student council is very busy with four major activities occurring.

The first is their annual Orphans of the Storm pet supplies drive. During the course of the week, each of the first-period classes at the high school “adopt” a pet from the shelter and the pet’s photo is placed on the classroom door along with the pet’s name.

[PHOTO: The Junior High student council at West Shamokin held its annual semiformal dance on Dec. 13 in the high school cafeteria. Attending were, from left, freshmen Anna Longwell, Tyler Rodgers, Mackenzie Dean, Kaitlin McCausland, Elizabeth Zeigler and Hannah Walleck. (Submitted photos/West Shamokin High School)]

The first periods then bring in donations to their classes and earn points. At the end of the week, the class with the most points will win the opportunity to physically meet their adopted pet and help load up the supplies onto the shelter’s truck. Last year, the student council collected more than 30,000 items and hopes to collect even more this year.

The senior class will be hosting this year’s Snow Ball on the Gateway Clipper in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Snow Ball attendees are reminded to be at the school between 2 and 4 p.m. for pictures in the band room on Saturday. Buses are departing from the school at 4:15 p.m. We will be boarding the Gateway Clipper between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m., with dancing until 9:15 p.m. and arriving back to the school by 10:30 p.m. Please bring snacks for the bus ride; there is no dinner being served on the boat. If you have questions or concerns, contact the senior class officers, Laura Breznican or Eric Moyer.

The student council is hosting an activity called the White Rose Benefit. This activity consists of selling single white rose bouquets and matching boutonnieres. All of the proceeds generated from these sales will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Through this program, we are able to provide children with the only gifts they may receive this holiday season.

The student council is also implementing another new program this month as well — hosting a Teacher Secret Santa Project in which members of the council are assigned a teacher to serve as that teacher’s secret Santa during the week leading up to Christmas.

Through this program, the council hopes to show teachers how much they appreciate them.

In addition, the student council is also in the midst of planning its annual Volleyball Day festivities. This is a fun-filled day for both senior and junior high students to take last day of school before Christmas break and have a good time.

Teams of students complete against one another throughout the day and in the end there are two winning teams — one junior high and one senior high.

The festivities also include all of the latest movies playing in different rooms throughout the day. As it can be clearly seen, the senior high student council here at West Shamokin High School is very devoted to making their school and community a better place.

[PHOTO: Sara Lockhart, left, and Kristy Bish, freshmen at West Shamokin High School, took a break from the dance floor to smile for the camera during the junior high student council semiformal.  (Submitted photos/West Shamokin High School)]

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