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Massena High students offer helping hand to community holiday dinner

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MASSENA - During Thanksgiving break, several groups from Massena Central High School joined volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul Church in Massena to prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner to those who might otherwise not have one.

The French Club, National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate and the Link Crew at Massena Central volunteered their time setting the tables, peeling 200 pounds of potatoes, and helping get takeout boxes ready.

“This has been an annual dinner for many years,” said former of Massena High School Assistant Principal Martha Slack.

“The students first got involved when I was the assistant principal at the high school. We were asked to help out. Many of our school organizations need community service opportunities and I always felt it was especially important that our students give back to the community.”

The students were happy to help out and, as a bonus, spend time with friends.

“It’s fun to see your friends and it doesn’t take long to do – it’s something that will help someone else, worth doing. It kind of makes you realize that there are people that are less fortunate and you realize that you sometimes take things you have for granted,” said junior Jackie Tulip.

“It was fun, peeling the potatoes, cutting the squash - just feels good to help other people who need it,” junior Cameron Marsh said.

Volunteering on the local scale sets a pattern that some are ready to follow in their futures.

“This will absolutely have an effect on things I do in my life. When I go to college ,I want to be active in the community wherever I go,” said senior Isaiah Perry.

“I helped out for French Club and National Honor Society and for college. It is always good to help others out in the community,” senior Mack Rogers added.

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