Chautauqua Lake National Honor Society helps make holidays brighter

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Members of the Chautauqua Lake Central School National Honor Society made the holidays brighter for 50 children in 19 families in the Chautauqua Lake and Ripley School Districts. Through the organization’s annual food drive and Community Christmas Project, they collected donations from students and staff throughout the school and from the larger community. Each grade level, 7 through 12, was challenged to provide enough food for ten family meals. NHS members wrapped gifts of clothing, toys and games for the children and assembled cartons of food so each family could prepare a complete holiday meal, including a turkey, fresh carrots and potatoes, and canned and packaged foods. Extra food collected – including 150 pounds collected by fifth graders – was donated to the Mayville Food Pantry. Shown with cartons full of gifts and food are (seated, left to right) NHS president Ryan Wilson, Alicia Cannon, Hannah Roush, Megan Strine, Shannon McKee, and treasurer Joshua Janicki; (standing) Cameryn Hawkins, Sara Godfrey, Olivia Anderson, Anna Sena, Abigail Henry, Jenna Briggs and Grace Dimmer. NHS advisors are teachers Leigh-Anne Hendrick and Emily Pendl.