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  • Herkimer Co. Hunger Coalition names educational award winners

  • The Herkimer County Hunger Coalition announced its 2012 educational award winners at the Mohawk American Legion on Thursday.

    The Gold Star awardees were Benton Hall Academy in Little Falls, Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk and Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School.

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  • The Herkimer County Hunger Coalition announced its 2012 educational award winners at the Mohawk American Legion on Thursday.
    The Gold Star awardees were Benton Hall Academy in Little Falls, Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk and Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School.
    The recipients have participated in several coalition projects annually for the past decade, including the Gram Lorraine Children’s Christmas Clothing Program, the Uncle Frank Back-to School Clothing Program, Operation Candy Cane I and Operation Candy Cane II, Project Elimination, the Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer Scholarship Challenge and the March All-County Food Drive.
    Hunger coalition co-founder Ray Lenarcic said, “The faculty, staff and especially the students involved are to be commended for their efforts, efforts which had an impact not only on their communities, but across the globe. The life lessons learned will hold them in good stead throughout their lives. These banners are the least that we can do to thank them for their involvement.”
    Gold Star award banners were presented to Benton Hall Principal Joe Long, Frankfort-Schuyler teacher Lucille Hand and Fisher Elementary advisor Ed Schrader, as well as to student participants.
    Plaques were also presented to three schools for their Memorial All-Village Food Drives. Recipients were Frankfort-Schuyler Central School who honored Army SSgt. John Lapolla, Mohawk Central School who honored Marine Lance Cpl. David Mills and the Little Falls City School District who honored Marine Sgt. Joseph “Stash” Zawtocki, Clifton Avery, Walter Boback, William Grogan, Milan Mosny and Thomas Ochar.
    Hunger coalition director Kelly Brown said, “Over the past two years, together these students have collected thousands of items of food and $2,000 for the food pantries in their respective communities. As importantly, they have reminded us of young men who made the supreme sacrifice for this nation — true heroes too often forgotten with the passage of time.”
    Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary Principal Frank Saraceno was recognized as the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Saraceno was awarded with a plaque which read, “For never forgetting to remember our veterans.”
    The coalition on Thursday also thanked Michelle Cleveland and Carm Cooper for coordinating Frankfort’s effort, Tom Marriott and Lois Arndt of Jarvis Junior-Senior High School for coordinating the effort in Mohawk, Carolyn Wallace and Whitney Sheperd for coordinating Little Falls’ effort.
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