Students help keep others warm
Abington Heights Middle School’s “The Good Vibe Tribe” collected 140 scarves for the homeless in Scranton.
Members of the after-school club include: Colton Klipple, Owen Bernardi, Rebekah Kroptavich, Caithan Cornog, Lara Eggleton, Emma Kwiatkowski, Giselle Romero, Ivanna Garcia, October Heffron, Jennifer Munley, Claire Karsnak, Shea Wells, Kara Molloy, Sophia Santarsiero, Hannah Hughes, Reece Chastain, Kenzie Augis, Amara Lajoie, Grace Rogers, Ava Whalen, Emily Hoban, Sarah Hoban, Maegan Matos, Carys Mitchell, Marylynne Reese, Matthew Chen, Ethan Grives, Paige Jones, Sage LaCoe, Ava Scandale and Giada Gaidula.
The club ran a two-week donation drive for the scarves. And on Saturday, members of the club will tie the scarves on the trees along the Heritage Trail in Scranton to help keep people in need warm during the winter season.
The club has been meeting for six weeks to promote kindness and positivity. So far, they have written cards for patients in hospitals and thank you notes to people, including teachers, parents, siblings, etc., and posted positive sticky notes around the school.
Sixth-grade teacher, Kirsten Ambrose, is the club’s adviser.
University of Scranton Student Government officers helped organize a fall Street Sweep in October.
The officers, including: Matthew Coughlin, president, from Jenkintown; Fahad Ashraf, vice president, from Clarks Summit; John “Jack” Prendergast, director of technology, from Malvern; Madalyne Sunday, director of communications, from South Abington Twp.; Paige Nonnenmacher, executive treasurer, Avenel, New Jersey; Marlene Geerinck, executive secretary, from Riverdale, New Jersey; and Kimberly Barr, chief from Nazareth, worked alongside hundreds of university volunteers to clean up streets near campus, in downtown Scranton, at Nay Aug Park and at two community gardens.
Fidelity Bank President Danny Santaniello was honored as the Columbus Day Association’s Man of the Year during the organization’s annual dinner.
Also at the event, association members raffled off baskets during a fundraiser for St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.
All baskets were donated by the members and sold by Marci Barnansky, Michele McDade, Mary Feduchak, Niccole McDade, Marianne Cognetti and Eileen Parise.