Thursday, March 21, 2019

Teaching Community Service in Pottsgrove Schools

Photos provided by the Pottsgrove School District
:Presenting the Cross Country Team check to the Cluster were, from left, Jonah Korman, Calista Faust, Molly Neeson, Aiden McDonald, Chloe Sullivan, Patrick Rieker, Megan Czerpak, Jaden Smith, Brandon Henriksen, Barbara Cooper- Director, Bryce Hampton , Larry Rechtin-Head Coach , Steve Lin, Gabe Craig. 

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottsgrove School District.

The beginning of March once again provided the backdrop for community service throughout the Pottsgrove Athletic community. For years, athletic teams have found ways to give back to the community that supports through various community service projects.

For the past eight years, the Pottsgrove High School Cross-Country team has supported and volunteered their time with the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities Meals and Shelter Programs. 

This year they added a check for $3,500. The proceeds were raised from the annual Thanksgiving morning Toss Your Turkey 5K road race. 

The Pottsgrove Cross Country has donated in excess of $13,000 to the Pottstown Cluster since the start of the Toss Your Turkey in 2011.
Molly Neeson, Michael Allmond, and Jacob Spadt

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities provides food security, household assistance, supportive service referrals, housing stability, and an opportunity for individuals living in poverty to participate in education and supportive programs for people living in the greater Pottstown area.

Accepting the check was Barbara Cooper, Director of the program at Trinity Church in Pottstown and presenting the check on behalf of the team is Head Coach Mr. Larry Rechtin.

The team also donated a check for $1,500 to Operation Backpack, which helps to provide food to local families. 

Operation Backpack is a non-profit organization providing food to students in our local community who might go without over the weekend. Backpacks are filled Wednesday nights and are distributed to families on Friday for the weekend. The backpacks contain enough food for dinner Friday night, all meals Saturday and Sunday, along with snacks. 

The team has contributed $2,500 to Operation Backpack in the past two years.

There's something fishy about Pottsgrove students Justin Wescoat, Jack Sibley, Rylee Howard, Evan White, Max Neeson, Tyler Kaufman

And on March 2, the Pottsgrove High School Football team joined forces with Green Allies helping them with their Recycling Day endeavor. 

The Green Allies group, led by Ken Hamilton and members of the football team spent the entire day helping to preserve our environment as they recycled large amounts of electronics and scrap metal. 
Parker Janusek, Vinny Scarnato, and Gabe Flores

This included such things as computers, TV's, refrigerators, ice boxes, microwaves, air conditioners, humidifiers and more.

The efforts of Green Allies reaches not only the Pottsgrove community but extends well into Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties. 

The line to enter Recycling Day was backed up for approximately a mile and a half.

Ethan McHugh, Alex Degler, Max Dopwell, Aamir Mapp, and Kaden Reichelderfer

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