Southern Columbia Area's students and staff recently spearheaded a number of initiatives intended to brighten the holidays for those who are less fortunate. Among them were Angel Tree programs held in G.C. Hartman Elementary and the Middle School, a blanket and pillow drive in the High School, and a districtwide food drive.
Throughout December the High School Student Council sponsored a Covers for Kids Drive which saw the students collect 124 blankets and pillows which were donated to children who will be spending the holidays as patients in the Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville. This is the second year Student Council has organized the drive. Last year the students collected 101 items. 
Pictured with the donated blankets and pillows are are (front) Tori Romania, Kristin Kremser, and Steph Haupt (back) Amanda Unger, Grace Joseph, Abby Hager, Morgan Cole, and Alexis Burd. (click the picture to enlarge it)
Students and staff of Southern Columbia Area's Career Development Program coordinated a districtwide food drive sponsored by the Salvation Army. Food collected was distrbuted to families in need who reside within the Southern Columbia Area School District's boundaries as well as in Shamokin or Mt. Carmel.  This is the third consecutive year Southern Columbia has participated in this food drive. According to Brian Persing, a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and chairman of the food drive, almost 500 families were served by last year's drive. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to benefit this year's drive can do so by sending a check to: Brian Persing at 914 W. Wood St., Coal Township, 17866. Checks should be made payable to Irish Isle Provisions.
Helping load donated food items are (left to right) Board of Education member Joe Klebon, high school students Jessica Wenner, Curtis Mommo, Jesse Semerod, Mike Hergan and Michael Sabo and teacher Sherry Jones. (click the picture to see a bigger image)

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