Send your heartfelt wishes to homebound students

by Hannah Myers, Photo editor

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Boxes to donate Valentine cards for junior Jared Kula and Dakota Price.

For Valentines Day, student council will be coordinating two big boxes of Valentine cards and other goodies to send to junior Jared Kula and senior Dakota Price who are currently on medical leave from school. Some teachers will be making these in class; however, if your class is not, you may drop your items off in the two boxes in the cafeteria from February 6 – 9. Student council adviser Mrs. Nicole Keller said, “Thanks to Mrs. Houck for coming up with this idea.” She noted that response to the project has been enthusiastic so far.

The Student Council is coordinating two big boxes of Valentines (cards or other goodies if you wish) to send home with both Jared Kula (a junior who had major surgery) and Dakota Price.  (Thanks to Debbie Houck for coming up with this idea!)

With extension period this week and shortened classes on Friday, I thought this might be a good time to have your students make a card for these young men.

On Wednesday I will have some blank Valentines, heart cutouts, paper, etc. in the Library during PLC that you could use to do this project with your classes if you would like.

On Friday during Activity period the Student Council Officers will come around to collect anything you would like to donate to the boxes.

I will send the boxes home to the boys the end of the week of February 9th so if you need a bit more time that will work too.

Thanks!

Benefit dinner held for Saegertown’s Dakota Price

by Kassie Boyd, news editor

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Junior Stephanie Polach serving a meal during the “Pasta with a Purpose” benefit dinner on Jan. 20.

A benefit dinner and Chinese auction dubbed “Pasta with a Purpose” was held on Jan. 20 to support senior Dakota Price and his family. Price, who was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March of last year, is currently in remission after a tough battle.

The dinner and auction was held at the Saegertown United Methodist Church on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Washington Street from 2-6 p.m. Attendees could buy tickets and bid on items donated by local businesses and community members during dinner. The Chinese auction began at 8 p.m.

Volunteers from the community, including students from Saegertown High School and the Crawford County Career and Technical Center, served pasta, washed dishes, set up table and prepared food. “It helped someone in my community,” said Courtney Hess, a volunteer and junior at Saegertown. “Lots of people came and supported him. It was a massive success.”

Over $25,000 was raised through a combination of donations and tickets. Volunteers served over 700 plates, and eventually had to order Pizza Joes because they ran out of pasta.  

The community has rallied behind the Price family several times in the past year. Saegertown High School threw the “Volley for a Cure” match in October to raise money, and the First Baptist Church of Cambridge Springs hosted a blood drive in Price’s honor in May.

Price is set to walk at graduation with the class of 2018.

 

Pasta with a Purpose: Benefit dinner this Saturday

by Morgan Radwick, staff writer

IMG_5912On January 20, there will be a pasta benefit dinner for Saegertown senior Dakota Price. Dakota was diagnosed with leukemia last March and received treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for the remainder of 2017. He had a bone marrow transplant on Dec. 5 and learned he was in remission exactly a month later. Dakota will be spending the next several months in Pittsburgh as he gains strength throughout his recovery.

  Members of the community, friends, and members of the church are helping make cookies, salad, and meatballs in preparation for the dinner as well as helping serve and clean as it takes place. Senior Michael Chess has been involved with gathering fellow students to help out at the event. “We’ve all known him for so long, and I think we should be doing everything we can to help him, especially given the circumstances.”

Many Saegertown students have committed to helping at the dinner, including several NHS and Key Club members as well as junior high students.

The dinner will be from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Saegertown United Methodist. The cost for the dinner is a donation and takeout options available.  There will also be a Chinese auction, for which donations are still being accepted.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will be going to Dakota and his family. You can donate by contacting the church office at 814-763-6685 or email saegertownumc@gmail.org.