MORIAH - Shelves at the Moriah Food Pantry are well stocked thanks to local students.
Moriah Central School groups have held a series of events the past few months to assist the pantry, reports Sue Morse, pantry director.
"All in all thoughtful and generous contributions were made to numerous needy families throughout the town of Moriah," Morse said to students recently. "Your wonderful ideas and hard work are greatly appreciated by the volunteers at the Moriah pantry. You made our job easier."
The effort to assist the local food shelf began at the annual Moriah homecoming football game.
"Lauren Cross and her family organized a successful food drive at the homecoming game," Morse said. "As the Vikings continued to win, the National Honor Society challenged the (Ticonderoga) Sentinels to 'Pass the Can' at a playoff game to raise money for the Moriah and Ticonderoga food pantries."
As the Christmas season approached students continued to help the food pantry.
"During the holiday season Moriah Central School teachers and students were very busy not only with their academics but brainstorming on how to help the local food pantry during the time of giving," Morse said. "The high school students decided they could wear their hat for a day if they brought in $1 or a non perishable item.
"Sue Nephew, Carol Carson, Terry Miclette and Arlene Philips joined forces with students Kevin Nesbitt, Ben Zelinski, Carl Woodard, Katelynn Roberts, Justin Sprague, Makayla Pooler, Malea Trombley, Jamie Armstrong, Dominic Puryll, Ian Williams and Melissa Whitford and canvassed the town of Moriah one Saturday morning then delivered hundreds of pounds of food to the pantry," Morse added.
"The French classes ran their own competition against each other to see who could bring in the most food," she continued. "Their total was over a thousand items of food. This was under the direction of Emily LaBombard, French teacher.
"Terry Miclette's resource class collected food for Christmas dinner boxes," Morse concluded. "Local grocery stores donated the turkeys. There was enough food to deliver 31 boxes."