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Boonsboro students volunteer in new club

November 26, 2000

Boonsboro students volunteer in new club



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


A pilot club at Boonsboro High School hopes to help the community by providing volunteer services to those who need it.

"It's just a group of students who want to better the community," said Kelly Eckenrode, co-president of the newly formed Boonsboro High School Student Service Learning Club.

Eckenrode, a 16-year-old junior, said future club activities include volunteering at the Cold Weather Shelter in Hagerstown, singing Christmas carols at nursing homes and holding a clothing drive at Shafer Memorial Park during Christmas at the Park on Dec. 1.

Sally Poole, alternative instruction teacher and adviser of the club, said she came up with the idea to form a student organization that focuses on volunteer work.

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The school doesn't have a Key Club or any other exclusive service groups.

"They're excited. They're doing a good job," Poole said. "They wanted this to be purely their adventure."

At the Cold Weather Shelter, students will make grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for the homeless.

Eckenrode said about 35 students have joined so far, and the club is becoming more popular every week. She also said the club provides an alternative to students who don't qualify for membership in the National Honor Society, which also provides some service work.

"If you don't have a wonderful grade point average, you can't do service," Eckenrode said. "It's nice to have a different outlet.

Student members have written their own club constitution, hold meetings at least once a week and organize events. The club has also elected student officers.

In addition to Eckenrode, other officers are co-president Liz Smith, treasurer Angie Carideo and secretary Shawntae Gish, Poole said.

She said other area service groups outside of the high school are beginning to take notice of the student effort. Habitat for Humanity is interested in having the Boonsboro students help out, she said.

"Students seem to be really excited about it," Eckenrode said. "They're really taking it well. I'm really glad to have people helping the community and not going home and doing drugs."

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