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The Times
  • Students prepare for city-wide food drive

  • Little Falls High School students could be seen running throughout the city on May 4 as they participated in a dry run to familiarize themselves with the city-wide food drive door-to-door collection routes they will take on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    All food and donations collected during the food drive will go directly to local food pantries.

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  • Little Falls High School students could be seen running throughout the city on May 4 as they participated in a dry run to familiarize themselves with the city-wide food drive door-to-door collection routes they will take on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    All food and donations collected during the food drive will go directly to local food pantries.
    This will be the second year in which the city-wide food drive will take place. During last year’s food drive students collected 1,700 food items and nearly $200 in donations. Last year’s drive was in the memory of Marine Sgt. Joseph “Stash” Zawtocki, who killed in action in Vietnam.
    This year’s memorial food drive will be in memory of Clifton Avery, Walter Bobak, William Grogan, Milan Mosny and Thomas Ochar, five local residents who died during the Korean War.
    Spearheading the efforts are Little Falls High School students in grades 9-12, members of the National Honor Society and members of the Future Business Leaders of America. The drive will be co-advised by high school teacher Carolyn Wallace and middle school teacher Whitney Shepard.
    Speaking on May 4, the teachers said, “It’s a good cause and we’re proud of the students for giving up their time off on a Friday night and a Saturday morning.”
    About 80 students will partake in the food drive on May 12.
    The students will wear special T-shirts provided by the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition.
    Starting at 9 a.m. on May 12 there will be a tent and tables set up in the Benton Hall Academy parking lot, which will serve as the food drop off station for collected food items. Residents are welcome to drop off any donations at the site. If residents are not present at their homes during collection times they are encouraged to leave food donations near their doors in a bag with the food pantry flyer or a note attached to the bag stating the items are for the food drive.
    “Nonperishable food items such as pasta, soup, peanut butter and tuna fish as well, as cash donations will be accepted,” said Wallace. “For every dollar that is donated to the food drive, it is equal to $8 worth of food that can be purchased through bulk quantities.”
    Little Falls Middle School will also participate in the food drive by conducting a hat day. By donating $1 students can wear a hat of their choice to school.
    The donations received will go directly to the local food bank.
    Herkimer County Hunger Coalition co-founder Ray Lenarcic said, “These students along with those from Mohawk and Frankfort who are conducting similar drives, are to be commended for their efforts to remember young men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Theses students are making significant contributions to their communities. In honor of the food drive I’d like to recognize the service of Korean War veterans, thanks to them South Korea is a productive, democratic nation where principles such as majority rule and minority rights are respected.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The SSgt. John La Polla Memorial Food Drive took place last month in Frankfort while the Marine Cpl. David Mills Memorial Drive will take place on May 19 in Mohawk.
    These projects are also being conducted in the memories of Navy Lt. Christopher E. Masko, of Pittsford, and Army Capt. Bruce K. Clark, of Spencerport, New York State’s latest fallen stars who recently died while serving in Afghanistan.
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