The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

February 25, 2013

Danville area students collect, build, donate and contribute


Community connection

Danville District Curriculum Director Dawn Brookhart believes students who feel connected to the school and the community are more likely to be involved in community projects. “Our staff and club advisers further motivate them to get involved. They provide the inspiration and pathway,” she said.

She credited the staff for providing future community-minded adults.

The high school Key Club does an amazing job of supporting community projects, she said.

The FFA at the high school collects food for the Ronald McDonald House in Danville. Nonperishable foods were accepted the week of Feb. 11 at Danville schools and also collected at the high school boys’ basketball game Feb. 13.

P.L.A.N.E.T. at the high school promotes recycling and a green mentality with students collecting recyclables at school, Brookhart said.

Last year, the group collected slightly more than 11 tons of materials and turned them over to JAWS Recycling, of Danville, to sell. The Danville Primary school began recycling office paper for JAWS last year.

“I am continually amazed at how the group of students who I work with cares about their community and school,” said Mike Mast, P.L.A.N.E.T. adviser.

“There is a core group that is dedicated to each activity that we do, whether it is recycling or Adopt-A-Highway.  I think of kids like Sarah Finn, Tristan Beiter, Cody Griffin, Maya Shenoy. ... Each of them has concern for the issue of our environment but also is willing to serve in an area where it is not likely that they will get a lot of attention.

“It’s not like being the leading rusher on the football team.  The service goes under the radar for the most part, and frankly, they are not really looking for the recognition. Personally, I haven’t really ‘figured’ these kids out yet,” Mast said.

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