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Giving Thanks and Giving Back to Our Community

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.
—Author Unknown

CHS Cares, a student volunteer organization that works within the school and community to create a caring environment, is kicking off its annual Thanksgiving basket endeavor.

The student group is once again championing this annual effort benefiting families in our own community, and the entire school is getting involved. There will be a celebration for the TA group that collects the greatest amount of food, and Principal Amy Minor will also make a donation into the bank account of the class collecting the most food. Members of CHS Cares will shop for any remaining items necessary to create twenty-five complete Thanksgiving dinners—using funds donated by CHS faculty and staff members, students, and community members—and then they will work together to assemble and deliver the dinners, along with centerpieces created by the CHS Art Club, to members of our community.

If you would like to contribute to the effort, CHS gladly welcomes Thanksgiving dinner items as well as monetary contributions at the main office. Please e-mail CSD Nursing Supervisor Deborah Deschamps R.N. or call (802) 264-5700 for more information.

As we’ve discussed before, encouraging students to see that they can make a difference in their community and in the lives of others is important. Volunteerism allows students to gain valuable work experience that enhances resumes and college applications while allowing them to explore their interests and discover new passions. It also helps to develop leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, all of which are highly relevant in the job market. Real-life applications learned from volunteerism can include—among many others—social work, counseling, government and policy making, fundraising and corporate giving, public relations, and community organizing and activism. This is yet another meaningful example of ongoing student volunteerism in our community.

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