StuCo and volunteers make sandwiches for homeless

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By Lorin Enns

Spreading the love, Keely Malloy, 10, puts peanut butter on a slice of bread at the PB&J-athon on Tuesday. Photo by Lorin Enns
Spreading the love, Keely Malloy, 10, puts peanut butter on a slice of bread at the PB&J-athon on Tuesday. Photo by Lorin Enns

It’s peanut butter jelly time. Student Council, National Honor Society, Medical Aid Association, and other student volunteers met Tuesday, March 7 after school to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the annual “PB&J-athon.” The sandwiches were delivered on Thursday to less fortunate people, so they can have something healthy to eat this week. Participants purchased and donated materials like bread, peanut butter, jelly, and gloves. After school they met in the cafeteria to “spread” the love.

“Medical Aid Association is doing this [PB&J-athon] too, and a lot of other clubs are trying to get involved with the things that StuCo is doing so we can have more people working together,” Ariel Maack, sophomore, said.

The PB&J sandwiches, after being assembled, were placed in plastic bags and collected. Next, they were counted and packed into boxes, ready to be sent off to those in need. So much bread was needed that, after only half an hour, several StuCo members were sent to the store to get more. StuCo counted a total of 1,385 sandwiches made by more than 100 volunteers between 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.

“I think we had a bigger turnout this year, and we definitely went through all our supplies a lot quicker than last year. I think we had twice as many people helping,” Tyler Cenname, junior, said.

Volunteering students were more than happy to help, some even staying afterwards to assist in cleaning tables and taking out the trash. Due to the large crowd that came out to help, StuCo and other school organizations expect to see an even bigger number next year.

“Service improves who we are as a student body because I think it helps us connect with other people and work together and really see through other people’s eyes from their perspective,” Megan Stewart, senior, said.

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News Editor Lorin Enns has a knack for news and a love for writing. As a senior, Lorin is making the most out of his last year on the news staff with Mrs. Thompson and his peers. He enjoys playing instruments such as the viola, guitar, and ukulele, as well as working as a sound tech at a theatre company outside of school. Along with an appreciation for wordplay, Lorin has a great sense of humor and loves to make people laugh.