Several organizations at Kennett High School have worked to share the spirit of the holiday season with others.
The Humanitarian Club led the student body in the most recent effort that collected 3,200 cans of food and $607. All the food and money was given to the Kennett Food Cupboard. Tclub received help from both the members of the National Honor Society and the KHS football team. Tom Brientnall’s advisory students won the collection competition among advisory rooms by contributing more than 800 cans.
Club advisor Lisa Teixeira officers the effort. They were Krishna Pathak (president); Katie Otto, Kaitlyn Buchanan, Cristian Cordova (vice presidents); Kavya Shetty and Phoebe Hertler (treasurers); Sofia Rios, Marisa Maxwell, and Rebecca Bulgarelli (secretaries). Grade level captains this year were Austin Maxwell (ninth grade), Zoe Livingston (tenth grade), Katie Gallivan and Kirsten Sharp (eleventh grade), and Rebecca Rhodes (twelfth grade). Public relations and advertising were handled by Adrianna Taraboletti.
Shawn Duffy, a member of the social studies department, led his seniors and other students in the annual KHS turkey drive. Students donated more than 60 frozen turkeys to fill a truck headed to the Kennett Food Cupboard. Asked about the motivation for the event, a continuation of a tradition begun by former teacher and basketball coach Rick Nelms, Duffy said, “I I do it each year because I can. I have a chance to harness all of the good will and mercy I see in so many of our students.”
Continuing their own partnership with the Food Cupboard, members of the Kennett Education Association from all of the schools in the district contributed $1,235 and four turkeys for the Thanksgiving drive. The Kennett teachers have made a practice of donating each time they attend an association general meeting.
In other charitable efforts at Kennett High School, the Earth Club collected $200 in lunchtime donations for disaster relief in the Philippines, and the National Honor Society will conduct the first of its two annual blood drives in conjunction with the Red Cross in December.