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NC Rotary Club donates dictionaries to area students Vol. 123 No. 48

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By Amber Stich

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The Northern Cambria Rotary Club began its efforts to provide third-grade students in the Northern Cambria area with dictionaries in 2007. Donna Bobal, treasurer of the Rotary, said the club believes it is important for students to have a physical resource to access information. “Even though many of the students have iPads, it has been proven that reading from a book lowers eye strain, helps concentration, and allows students to better retain information,” Bobal said. “It meets the needs of the students because you can highlight and make notations on the paper, making it easier to find helpful notes.” The Rotary was able to donate a total of 213 dictionaries to

Northern Cambria, Pa.

third-grade students from Cambria Heights Elementary School, St. Benedict Parochial School, Northern Cambria Catholic School, Northern Cambria Elementary School, and Harmony Elementary School. These dictionaries were distributed to each student during the week of Nov. 14, and teachers were also provided with a copy for their use as well. Bobal also said that this year, the dictionaries are not just a useful reference for words, but also include other information like a list of U.S. presidents, the U.S. Constitution, the longest word in the English language, punctuation, parts of speech, multiplication tables, and much more. “It has a little bit of everySEE DICTIONARIES, PAGE 3A

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Veda Freidhof, Xavier Strittmatter, and Ava Freidhof are excited for the holidays as they sit by the Christmas tree on Philadelphia Avenue during Northern Cambria’s light-up night celebration on Friday, Nov. 25. Photo by Amber Stich.

Christmas Joys program to help families in need

By Amber Stich

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The annual Christmas Joys program, sponsored by the resident council at Golden Living Center - HAIDA, is once again reaching out to help meet the needs of the community during the holiday season. The Christmas Joys program has been helping others for more than 36 years. It began with the selfless desire to help a friend in need. Bernice Yeager, who has helped organize the program for years, said her daughter and fellow club members noticed one friend would

not be getting anything for Christmas that year. The women banded together to purchase gifts for her, which were then hand-delivered by Santa Claus himself. From this amazing act of generosity and care, the Christmas Joys program began. While it started small, helping one or two children in need a year, the program has grown to help nearly 71 needy Northern Cambria area families per year. Through the generous donations of local business, clubs, and individuals, the Christmas SEE JOYS, PAGE 9A

Festive fun

Jared Lysic, Conner Pollisky, Jacee Winslow, and Makenna Winslow sit along the street as they eagerly wait for parade to start during Patton’s light-up night celebration on Friday, Nov. 25. Photo by Amber Stich.

Northern Cambria School District holds Empty Bowl Soup Dinner

By Amber Stich

of Mainline Newspapers

The Northern Cambria School community celebrated the spirit of giving during the holiday season with an event to help stop children from going hungry. The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort by the nonprofit organization Imagine Render that aims to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Northern Cambria Middle School art teacher and student council advi-

sor Stacy Datsko said she first heard about the project at Slippery Rock University as an undergraduate while studying art, emphasizing in ceramics. “I created hundreds of bowls over the course of my undergrad,” Datsko said. “This has been something that I have wanted to do since graduating in 2008. I was now at a place in my career to be able to put it all together with the help of some amazing colleagues and students.” Datsko said they were hoping to raise money and awareness for those struggling with hunger in their own community as well as those around the world. Those who attended the event were able to select a ceramic bowl made by middle and high school students and enjoy a bottomless soup dinner with bread and

desserts. The soups were made by the Family Consumer Sciences classes. Ingredients for these soups were made possible through donations and families from the community. Music was also provided during the meal by the high school concert band. Another fundraising effort held during the event was a silent auction filled with local donations of arts and crafts for attendees to bid on, all of the proceeds of which went toward the cause. While, traditionally, donations from these events go to a local food pantry or any hunger fighting organization, Datsko said they decided to donate to the new organization “HelpFull Hands” that recently began in the SEE BOWL, PAGE 9A

Ready for winter

Regan Bills gets a great view of the parade during Patton’s lightup night celebration on Nov. 25 with a little help from Tyler Lamont. Photo by Amber Stich.

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