WEST SHAMOKIN: Canned food drive leads to excitement, anticipation
October 18, 2013 11:00 AM
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RURAL VALLEY — From Monday through today, West Shamokin Senior High Student Council and the Leo Club has hosted a canned food drive competition.

Like the Pet Supplies Drive last year, the food drive has a creative theme behind it. The drive is a competition between first-period classes. At the beginning of the drive, each of the first-period classes received three “point cans”; at the end of the drive the class with the most point cans will be the winner.

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So, how do you get more point cans? For each number of cans the class brought in that matched their class count, they received a “steal card” which allowed them steal a point can from another class of their choice. Thus began the wars. All of the cans collected will be donated to a local Community Action. A nice amount of cans was collected and tensions have been building all week. With first place being a breakfast buffet, the classes are excited to see who won the drive/war. Stayed tuned for another article identifying who the winner of the drive is and how many cans were collected in all.

Square Dance ties students/community

The West Shamokin LEO Club hosted a square dance at the Rural Valley Lions club on Oct. 4. The night consisted of live music, food, friends and, most of all, square dancing. The event was an enjoyable learning experience for all the students who attended. All of them came in blind to the skill of square dancing and left knowledgeable and eager to share with friends and family thanks to caller Ken Burkett.

For those of you who do not know, a caller is a person who prompts dance figures in such dances as line dance, square dance and contra dance.

Chris Schink, a senior from West Shamokin and a member of LEO Club, said, “It was a truly unique experience that was awesome to share with my friends. I had no idea how to dance at first, but I caught on quickly. I cannot wait for the next one because I will be ready and raring to go!”

Everyone came dressed in festive attire, which consisted of flannel shirts and boots. This event had a decent turnout, but the LEO Club is hoping to get the word out to the community and have an even greater shindig next time.

Patti Burford, LEO Club adviser, said that Burkett was a really great instructor and really broke the steps down for the kids. The kids were sweating up a storm and had to take off their flannel shirts.

Elderton often hosts square dances in town, but a small group of West Shamokin students wanted to introduce this art to the Rural Valley area. The sad part of the night came at 10:30 p.m. when many had to rush home to get a good night’s sleep for SATs in the morning. Students enjoyed getting to socialize with more mature members of the surrounding community and again hope that more people in the community will come out for the next square dance.

While this was not a fundraiser, extra money that came in for the event was donated to The Ken Burkett Band, which was described by many as “awesome.”

The next dances coming up are at Meridian Veterans Club today at 8 p.m. and every Friday night in November at 8 p.m.; Alwine Civic Center on Oct. 26 and Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.; and Towne Hall in Elderton on Nov. 2 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.


West Shamokin High School’s powder puff football game was held Oct. 2 at the Tom Brewer Field behind Shannock Valley Elementary School, thanks to the Youth Football Program parents, who graciously allowed the senior class to use their field.

Senior Alyssa Beers worked tirelessly on putting the event together.

Pictured, from left, are some members of the senior powder puff team: coach Austin Bussard, Amberlyn DeLuca, Alyssa Beers, Brittany Wells, Rachel Greenawalt, Senika Webb, Hannah Skamai, Tori Lowry, Rachel Lockhart, Tristan Cribbs, Makayla Murray and Alyssa Bruno.

The junior class won the game, but the seniors made money to put towards their senior trip. (West Shamokin High School/Submitted photo)


Leo Club seniors, from left, Ryan Myers, Alyssa Bruno, Makayla Murray, Jenna Cochran and Chris Schink paused a moment to smile for the camera while dancing with some experienced members of the community during the Oct. 4 square dance held at the Rural Valley Lions Club.  (West Shamokin High School/Submitted photo)

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