A group of students from Clarkstown South High School met with representatives from Meals on Wheels Wednesday in the South lobby to present the non-profit with a check for $2,000.
The group is known as Students Assisting Meals (S.A.M.) and is in its second year. The group raises money throughout the school year solely for Meals on Wheels, and volunteers at various Meals on Wheels events.
“Last year we had about 12 students and this year we had about 25,” said Lisa O’Brien, faculty supervisor at South for the group. “This year we not only doubled the size of the group, but we doubled the money raised. Last year we only raised around $1,000.”
Marissa Moscatello, Meals on Wheels volunteer program coordinator, said all proceeds the group raises goes to the Nanuet-based organization.
The group raised money by holding two bake sales a month, along with running a Yankee Candle holiday sale and for the first time a rummage sale last month.
“We reached out to the South community, to students, parents and teachers, and asked if they had things to donate for the sale,” O’Brien said. “We started collecting items in January and by March my dining room was completely full. The group came over, we sorted through everything and the rummage sale was very successful. Thankfully a lot of people were moving.”
O’Brien said there are a lot of groups at South that raise money for various organizations, but a student who graduated brought up the idea of forming a group that works with just one organization throughout the year, and that’s where South’s branch of S.A.M. came from.
“We were looking for a non-profit that serves the community at large and reaches a lot of people,” O’Brien said. “I think one of the students’ father worked with Meals on Wheels, or volunteered with them, and brought them up and it seemed like a great fit.”
O’Brien said the students also receive volunteer hours when they volunteer at Meals on Wheels events, which they need for National Honor Society requirements.
The group is already looking to next year, and O’Brien said she expects more bake sales, along with bringing back the rummage and holiday candle sales. She’d also like to add a car wash.
“That was one of our first ideas, to raise money with a car wash,” she said. “The problem with it both years is we thought we’d schedule it as our last event and do it sometime in May. By that part of the year, the students are all focusing on finals and it makes organizing and running a large event like that really difficult. So next year we think we’re going to try and do a car wash first, sometime in September when the weather is still nice.
2011-2012 S.A.M. Officers:
- President: Justine Ty
- Vice President: Robert Li
- Secretary: Grace Heo
- Treasurer: Mike Levy
2012-2013 S.A.M. Officers:
- President: Alina Sardina
- Vice President: Emma Fridley
- Secretary: Grace Heo
- Treasurer: Justin Kim