ANDOVER — Many obstacles appear every day in life, and Pymatuning Valley students are volunteering much time in order to help ease the burdens of others. Throughout the month of March and continuing Pymatuning Valley students are playing an active role in fund raising for local families. This has already taken place through a benefit dinner, Blackout Dance and Middle School Spirit Week. PV students are gearing up for the PV Laker Mini Relay For Life and the annual Ride 4 thEm event.
On March 7 a benefit spaghetti dinner was held in the school cafeteria. The dinner was organized by the Student Council, Future Farmers of America and cheerleaders after an idea was brought to fellow staff member and cheerleading adviser, Andrea Wonderling. Many students in the PV School District are fighting chronic illnesses, and as a result students were inspired to find a way to help out their fellow classmates.
After the spaghetti dinner idea was chosen, students went to work planning every aspect of the event. Also included at the dinner was a Chinese auction, bake sale and separate donation tables for each family, including information about their personal chronic illness. Many students volunteered their time at this event doing everything from working a table to serving food. The event proved to be a major success with more than $6,000 raised to be split among the five families.
The week of March 10-14, Pymatuning Middle School held a Spirit Week filled with pride. Students dressed in sports attire, ’80s, twins, comfy and superhero attire each day to collect donations to benefit Ride 4 thEm. Many students participated along with many teachers, and more than $1,000 was raised for the cause.
To wrap up the week the Pymatuning Valley FFA chapter held a Pinkout Blackout Dance. All proceeds from the dance went to Relay For Life, to help the fight against cancer. The dance raised almost $275 for the cause.