hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

School News

December 21, 2011

Students donate food, gifts to struggling families

The students of the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School want to make sure Santa Claus is coming to all children of Haverhill.

The Whittier Tech Key Club donated about 75 gifts for the Greater Haverhill Salvation Army's Christmas Castle, in addition to raising $1,000 for food vouchers.

Key Club members dressed up as elves in Santa's workshop on Dec. 20 at Christmas Castle in the Pentucket Bank community room, located at 1 Merrimack St., to hand out the gifts to Haverhill families who would have otherwise gone without.

Key Club members said the spirit of the season crept into their hearts.

Club President Regan Milmore, 17, originally planned to pick up just one book from Barnes and Noble to give away as a donation, but ended up purchasing four books instead to give away as a gift pack.

"I kind of went a little overboard," she said. "If there was ever a time to splurge, it's now."

Even as the fun activities associated with the holiday season begin to wind down, Milmore said she's looking forward to keeping the club's outreach strong through other programs in the coming months.

"Every little thing you do makes a difference," she said.

"Going out and seeing those people really makes their day,'' she said of students meeting less fortunate people. "It's a life-changing experience."

Club advisor Katie Dye said this is the 15th year the Whittier Tech Key Club has given more than $1,000 in donations to local charities during the holiday season.

She noted community outreach programs such as the Christmas Castle help make the club's mission of community service mean far more than impersonal charity drives or donations do.

"The more trips we make out to the community, the more real we can make their service," she said. "This is a very special project for the kids to connect with the community."

More than 35 students take part in the Key Club program at Whittier Tech.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
School News
  • City's kids are staying in school Posted 34 days ago
  • 140310_ET_RHU_SCOUTS_003

    Bill Cantwell, Haverhill editor of The Eagle-Tribune and editor of The Haverhill Gazette, shows the Cub Scouts of Den 6 Pack 24, Sacred Hearts Parish, Bradford, around the newsroom of The Eagle-Tribune offices and explains how the newspaper is put together. RYAN HUTTON/ Staff photo

    'Cub' reporters learn how the newsroom works Posted 34 days ago 3 Photos
  • Work on new school escalates Posted 41 days ago
  • 140303_ET_RHU_SEUSS_006

    First-graders Ainsley Rousseau, left, and Isabelle Leger, both 7, eat their plates of green eggs and ham and cake.

    A taste of green eggs and ham Posted 41 days ago 6 Photos
  • 140212_ET_RHU_ROBOT_002

    RYAN HUTTON/Staff photo Nicholas Berube, left, 14, fits a plexiglass cover over the electronics of the Whittier team's robot as teammate Grant Montecalro, 15, looks on.

    A boost from NASA Posted 48 days ago 4 Photos
  • Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • 140213_HG_HAND_SEYMOUR_1

    Courtesy photo Whittier Regional High junior Kylie Seymour carries the American flag during the Parade of Nations at the annual World Tap Championships in Germany.

    She's got the beat! Posted 55 days ago 3 Photos
  • NECC employees honored for service Posted 55 days ago
  • 140213_hg_hand_augusto

    HANDOUT PHOTO Northern Essex Community College student Angel Augusto shows his Class of 2014 T-shirt design that won a contest at the school.

    Meet a graduating 'super hero' Posted 55 days ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • 140206_HG_MSC_NETTLE_2

    Nettle School teacher Michelle Joubert shows off her classroom, which is a freshly painted.

    12 years old, but just like new Posted 62 days ago 2 Photos
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014
  • 140108_HG_PBI_NEWGYM_1

    PAUL BILODEAU/Staff photo New workout equipment is assembled in the new weight and training room at Haverhill High.

    Weighty matters Updated 92 days ago 2 Photos

Photos of the Week
Stocks