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Clubs Spread Holiday Joy

Pictured are FBLA members at the Union County Christmas Bureau.

The Interact and Piedmont Serves sponsored the annual Senior Citizen Holiday Breakfast on Tuesday, December 17. Over 100 seniors from the Piedmont community enjoyed breakfast, fellowship, and festive entertainment provided by students in various clubs. In addition, Interact also collected shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and participated in buying holiday items for several local families.

The cadets of the ROTC program participated in the Wreaths Across America outreach, in which they helped lay wreaths at local cemetaries. On Saturday, December 14, family members of veterans, members of local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, and others were present at Lakeland Memorial Cemetary in Monroe to participate in the wreath laying ceremony. In all, they laid over 400 wreaths in Lakeland and several other cemetaries in Union County.

The Beta Club sponsored a food drive before Thanksgiving break whereby members collected nearly 1000 non-perishable food items for the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry to help stock their pantry prior to the holidays. The Beta Club members also sponsored a family this year for Christmas. Each member was assigned to one of the children of the family and given a list of age-appropriate ideas and sizes for the child. At our December meeting, the club had a wrapping party where all of the gifts were wrapped and tagged!

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) assisted the Union County Christmas Bureau on Saturday, December 7 by helping sort toys and other items donated for needy families. Prior to the outreach, members of the club collected items that were on a teen’s wish list since there is always a shortage of items for older children. According to club sponsor Elaine Weidenhammer, “I am so proud of how hard our students worked and how carefully they chose just the right gift when filling a child’s wish list. It was great to see so many UCPS students spending their Saturday helping to ensure that all children have a happy Christmas.”

The Leo Club has been especially busy participating in three service projects for the holidays. In conjunction with the Unionville Lions Club, students participated in the VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) Christmas Party and New Salem Christmas. Members served as escorts at the VIP event that was held at the Monroe Country Club. They also served drinks and food, distributed cards and gifts, and assisted with clean-up. Club members further wrote Thank You/Christmas/letters to military personnel who are stationed away from home for the holidays. According to club sponsor Karen Gunn, “At the time we wrote the cards and letters, we did not know where they would be sent. However, when the address was received, we discovered that they were going to Afghanistan.”

Student Government, along with National Art Honor Society, volunteered at the Union County 4-H Christmas Party for exceptional children in UCPS. This year, students worked with the preschool children at the Walter Bickett Education Center. Student Government has also been involved with Piedmont community "Secret Santa" missions. As the need has become apparent, PHS student government members have given selflessly of their time and talents to help those who need assistance for various reasons during this holiday season. Secret Santa missions have proven to be quite heart-wrenching for all involved!

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 by Donna Helms

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