Meadville Tribune

November 26, 2013

Conneaut Area Senior High School students offer holiday dinner to residents of Conneaut School District


Meadville Tribune

LINESVILLE — A community dinner that’s open to individuals from the Conneaut School District area is Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Conneaut Area Senior High School cafeteria.

The meal is free to those facing emotional distress, alone for the holidays, having a family member deployed in the military during the holidays, anyone facing a loss from employment, divorce, death, household fire, or those who want to be part of this new, larger community.

The menu includes roast turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert, beverage and homemade cookies.

The dinner, which is to be put on by the CASH German Club under the guidance of David Moore and Patricia Gillette, was originated by Gillette years ago when she began serving at Linesville High School as the Key Club advisor. Key Clubs are nationwide youth organizations under the auspices of the Kiwanis. Part of the requirements for this group has long been the development of community service.

“What can be more beautiful for young people than to help members of their communities have a special night to remember through the holidays,” Gillette said. “Having spent many years alone for the holidays while teaching in Florida, I learned that while family may be far away, others can sometimes fill the void.”

This year’s dinner resulted when Gillette was approached by Moore to fill a co-advisor slot to the German Club, created due to retirement. Gillette responded by asking if the German Club could take over the community dinner, since, due to consolidation changes, the Key Club was no longer in existence.

When the question was put to the students, they wanted to not only hold the dinner but bring back the cookie bake Gillette had also developed with the Key Club. With corresponding affirmation and administrative approval, the German Club dinner was born.

There are approximately 75 students, teachers, classroom aides and parents volunteering for this event. Also joining the German Club include members of the National Honor Society and Friends of Rachel, a group on campus responding to Rachel’s Challenge — a nationwide movement to help kids help others. Music includes a student-led group under the leadership of CASH senior Savannah Anderton — Seven Feather Blues.

To reserve your spot: Call the school at 683-5551 or email dmoore@conneautsd.org or pgillette@conneautsd.org.