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MHS feeds 100 families with Thanksgiving Food Drive

December 10, 2012Students with canned food items

Students of the Monticello High School celebrated each other’s generosity with an assembly announcing the winners of this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Students and staff raised more than $4,000 to bring a Thanksgiving dinner to 100 families in the Monticello area.

Principal Lori Orestano-James welcomed the students and shared her personal story of why this Monticello High School tradition is so important to the community.

Katie Warren spoke on behalf of United Way and expressed thanks to students and staff, and especially Beth Lauri, who has served as coordinator for 26 years has made the Thanksgiving Food Drive her mission. Ms. Warren also thanked local businesses for their support. She stated that she is grateful to the administrators and school board for understanding the importance that community service plays in the education process and for making it an integral part of the high school experience. Ms. Warren told students that the United Way motto is “Give, Advocate and Volunteer” and though doing these things may not make you rich, it will enrich your lives.

Superintendent Daniel Teplesky and Monticello High School Principal Lori Orestano-James with the Food Drive ChairpersonsThe Thanksgiving Food Drive chairpersons were Annie Purcell, Brittany Rupp, Kristen McEneany, and Taylor MacCormack.

Other committee members were Madeline Anderson, Morgan Barnes, Ashley Berger, Jasmine Cifuentes, Angelica Diaz, Simcha Glassman, Marisa Ippolito, Shane Jackson, Lauren Katz, Taylor Knapp, Brooke Madnick, Daisy Madnick, Ariel Pabon, Kishan Patel, Caitlin Radlein, Aimee Rice, Aly Rodriguez, May Rosario, Saige Sanford, Heather Sims, Jack Drapkin, Ali Fischer, Jonathan Harned, Esther Hong, Meghan Jefferson, Alex Lawrence, Tara Madsen, Megan Owens, Shivani Patel, Mara Resnick, Joanna Sikorski, Samantha Suarez, Dustin Thomas, Heather Trotta, Katrina Wegner, Katrina Zicot, Linda Seminario, Jasmine Ulger, and Courtney Wissman.

Photo, right: The Monticello High School students with the baskets of food collected to help local families enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

Photo, left: Superintendent Daniel Teplesky and Monticello High School Principal Lori Orestano-James with the Food Drive Chairpersons Annie Purcell, Brittany Rupp, Kristen McEneany, and Taylor MacCormack.