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Willsboro teachers, students take over Essex Inn

CFES fundraiser successful

Freshmen Mikaela Salem and Connor Sheehan along with Willsboro Central School nurse Kari Scott and junior Austin Ferris helped to sell raffle tickets during the CFES fundraising event at the Essex Inn.

Freshmen Mikaela Salem and Connor Sheehan along with Willsboro Central School nurse Kari Scott and junior Austin Ferris helped to sell raffle tickets during the CFES fundraising event at the Essex Inn. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— On Jan. 30, the Essex Inn turned its restaurant over to members of the Willsboro Central School College For Every Student (CFES) club.

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CFES Adviser Marie Blatchley serves a table during a club fundraiser at the Essex Inn, including Win and Polly Belanger, Kristy Sprague and Steve Trow.

Four staff members, including Superintendent Stephen Broadwell, and 11 students were part of the CFES fundraiser at the Essex Inn which brought in $1,118 for the CFES Club.

"It went superb," CFES Adviser Marie Blatchley said. "The people were over-the-top generous. We had 47 reservations and served over 50 groups when you count walk-ins."

Blatchley said that the staff members including herself, Broadwell, nurse Kari Scott and teacher Charmaine Flynn waited tables for tips which were donated to CFES.

"This is how I made my way through college," Blatchley said.

Five students from the school who work at the Essex Inn also worked at the fundraiser, as well as five other students who sold raffle tickets to customers throughout the night.

"Chef Josh was great with the kids and the staff was very nice," Blatchley said.

The Inn is owned by Rick and Karen Dalton. Rick is the Executive Director of CFES.

"We have been very fortunate to have Rick and Karen be right here to help our CFES Club," Blatchley said. "This was the first time that we had held this event, and it turned out to be very successful."

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