Cougars cook for the community

When the title “Character Education Committee” no longer seemed like a hip enough name for the students with passion for community service and beautifying the school, the group came to a consensus to change its name to  “Cougars Serving the Community” (CSC).

“We wanted to attract more kids … this name is more effective, but we are still trying to make a community of respect.” said Mrs. McLeester, the freshman and junior principal and the club’s head advisor. CSC will still have a week in school focused on respect and community service awareness.

Although the club will still discuss respect for others and building character, it will now concentrate more on serving the community in every way possible. This student-based community service committee helps shelters, food banks and beautification around the school.

Today, the club cooked a lunch for the residents of Frank’s Place, a homeless shelter in Camden. Students cooked in Mrs. Dilbas room for between 100 and 150 people.

Mrs. Shultz, the main advisor of the club, has a lot planned for the year ahead: donating cell phones to a women’s shelter, collecting blankets for Frank’s Place, collecting treats for troops, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house and cooking food for shelters.

“The kids are always really excited and [love helping out] in the community,” Mrs. Shultz said.

The club meets every Wednesday after school with advisors Mrs. Hird, Mr. Van, Mrs. Shultz, Mrs. Heath and Ms. Drelich.