The students at Kutztown Area High School are not only working hard in the classroom and on the athletic fields, but also are working hard to give back to their community.

Members of the school’s Leo Club and National Honor Society have been sponsoring food and clothing drives throughout the high school. The Leo Club, the high school’s longest running charity organization and junior auxiliary of the Kutztown Lions Club, have been collecting clothing items, such as coats, gloves, and hats. These items are then donated to the Salvation Army in order to help people in need in our community.

Rachael McCoach, 17, a senior at the high school and current secretary of the Leo Club, really wants to make a difference for others in the community with the Leo Club.

“What we hope to accomplish through the Coats for Kids drive is to collect as much winter clothing as possible to provide it to children who are unable to afford it,” said McCoach.

Josh Chambers, a teacher at Kutztown High and the adviser for the Leo Club, has high hopes for the end result of this holiday drive.

“We have donation boxes throughout the high school and are working on delivering some to the middle school and elementaries. At this point I would say it’s safe to say that we’ve delivered 2,000 items to those who need them the most.”

During this specific drive, Chambers hopes to collect a few hundred items.

If interested in donating to this holiday drive sponsored by the Leo Club, donation boxes will be located in each of the district’s schools until Friday, Dec. 15.

The National Honor Society chapter at Kutztown Area High School is also sponsoring a holiday fundraising drive during this upcoming holiday season.

Members of NHS collected food boxes for their annual Thanksgiving food drive. The boxes, which included items such as cans of vegetables, fruit juice, and hot cocoa, were donated to Friend Inc., a local social services organization located in Kutztown.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, members of the National Honor Society sponsored the event Grace for Vets, a free car wash for veterans and active military members.

The chapter is also sponsoring a district wide holiday food drive during this upcoming holiday season. There will be donation boxes located at each winter concert for each school in the district, where non-perishable food items will be collected. Also, there will be donation boxes located in the high school throughout the month of December.

Jordan Dunn, 17, a senior at Kutztown and the president of the National Honor Society, is appreciative of all the contributions that are being made.

“We are all thankful for the opportunity to help serve those in the community. It gives us a sense of pride and accomplishment that we are able to make a positive impact on their lives,” said Dunn.

Kutztown students have been working hard and are inspired to make a difference in their community. Their efforts are paying off in the form of gratitude and selflessness.

Brady Tucker is a senior at Kutztown Area High School and is an intern at The Kutztown Area Patriot.

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