As part of being in the National Honor Society, students at Pittston Area High School must fulfill the requirement of completing a service project. Last year, 2019 graduate Katelyn Connors and the other NHS officers chose to complete their service project by organizing a food pantry inside the school, with the intention of giving less-fortunate students easier access to food and other necessities.
The project took the entirety of the 2018-19 school year to complete, as it involved clearing out the school’s book room to be used as storage for these supplies. Despite the fact that these seniors have graduated and moved on from PAHS, their project has been put to good use at the high school.
The food pantry is open to any student in need, and they are able to visit it at any time after school. It is currently being run by a quartet of Pittston Area staffers: Tina Kayden and Jennifer Molinaro, the two high school guidance counselors; Amy Saunders, an English and journalism teacher, and Heather Koss, an algebra/calculus teacher and NHS moderator.
Koss encourages the use of the food pantry, and hopes that publicizing it will encourage the student body to use it. If students know someone in need, please refer them to one of the staff members listed above.
Also, if anyone would like to contribute to the food pantry, nonperishable food items, hygiene products, clothing items, or household products are always welcome.
It’s Spooky Season:
PA to host Halloween Bash
Many people in the greater Pittston Area are aware of the Paint Pittston Pink initiative. For those who may be out of the loop, it is an annual event hosted in downtown Pittston, designed to raise awareness for breast cancer. Now, two seniors at Pittston Area High School, Izabelle Lewis and Sofia Costagliola, have created their own event to help support Paint Pittston Pink.
The Halloween Bash fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Martin L. Mattei Middle School cafeteria. Anyone from the high school is welcome to attend.
“The event is new, but I’d love to see it turn into an annual event that the school holds to support one of the great organizations in our area,” said Lewis. “The event is going to be set up like an average school dance. We wanted to make it familiar to students.”
The main differences with the bash will be Halloween decorations and appropriately themed songs with a live DJ (expect the “Ghostbusters” theme instead of “Shut up and Dance.”) It also will feature $2 costume contests for best face makeup, best group costume, and best couple’s costume. Everyone who enters one of these contests is guaranteed a prize. There also is a best overall costume contest, which is included with purchase of a ticket. Both students and community members can support this cause by donating decorations, baked goods, or other contributions.
Tickets are on sale at the high school until Thursday, Oct. 24, and are $15. Tickets also are available at the door for $20.
Michael Ostrowski is a senior at Pittston Area High School. Student columns are published in The Citizens’ Voice on Wednesdays during the school year.