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December 15, 2017
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Stillwater News

Friends of Rachel students continue to make a difference in the lives of others

Friends of Rachel Club leaders with Patricia Morris
Middle School Friends of Rachel Club Leaders with Principal and Club Advisor Patricia Morris.

Dec. 20, 2012 – At Stillwater Middle School, the Friends of Rachel Club has made it their goal to help the less fortunate throughout the year.

From aiding a family with medical expenses to restocking the shelves of food pantries, the club aids organizations and people in the community.

Inspired by Rachel’s Challenge – a national anti-bullying program that was started by the family of Columbine shooting victim Rachel Scott – the club consists of over 100 seventh and eighth grade students.

One of the most successful fundraisers the club sponsors is the Warrior Walk held in September. This year, Stillwater students, staff, family and friends raised $1,800 from the walk, with the proceeds benefitting food pantries in Stillwater and Mechanicville, a local family who struggled with medical expenses, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the widows and children of September 11. The latter donation was specifically designated to Scholarship America’s Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

“It’s nice to know you’re making a difference in someone’s life,” said student Leah Urdang, describing the benefits of being a club member.

“It’s fun to help other people,” added Riley Dunn, another student club leader.

Stillwater Middle School Principal and Friends of Rachel Club Advisor, Patricia Morris said the success of the club is really in turning the power over to the kids.

“If students are interested in the cause and they believe in it, then it’s just going to inspire them to want to help and to do more,” adds Morris.

Some other notable Friends of Rachel initiatives have been cooking trays of food for the Shelters of Saratoga, organizing a school-wide “Dodging Sandy” dodge ball tournament to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims, and selling hot chocolate during the winter months. The middle school will use the cocoa proceeds and additional fundraising monies to donate to Oceanside Central Schools, a school impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The next fundraiser on tap is the “Food Wars Competition” in January, during which each grade level at the middle school competes to bring in a variety of non-perishable food items. The items will be donated to the Stillwater Food Pantry, at a time when the cupboards are typically bare after the holidays.

The Friends of Rachel Club is always looking for new members. If interested, contact Mrs. Morris.

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