CHS Gives Back to the Community

By: Abby McArthur, Contributing Writer 

CHS hosted a few projects to help families around Centralia and other surrounding communities during the holiday season.  

National Honor Society made fruit plates for Thanksgiving. Students were asked to give the fruit plates to someone to spread holiday cheer. This is an annual event for this club.  

SKRUBS hosted the annual Sadie Hawkins dance on November 2, 2019. This dance is different than most traditional school dances because the girls ask the guys instead of the guys asking the girls. The grand total of money collected at the dance was $400. All of the money made from this activity went to the St. Jude’s Hospital to help kids in need.

The CHS Key Club came up with an idea to help students who have to walk to school or walk to the bus stop and often get their socks wet and then have to deal with cold, wet feet all day. This group decided to start a fundraiser to collect socks of all sizes, which they called Socks for Santa. Key Club sponsor Mrs. Kayla Fadler said, “Key Club was overwhelmed by the generosity of our students and community members during our first annual Socks for Santa Drive. We collected 95 pairs of socks, which greatly exceeded our hopes, and we couldn’t be happier. We are really looking forward to this event next year and have plans to expand it.”  

The FFA chapter hosted a fundraiser to collect change to pay for medical bills of struggling families. This fundraiser was held during the annual Centralia Invitational Basketball Tournament. The FFA made it a competition between the schools involved in the tournament. The school with the most amount of change collected earned the right to be named the Champions of Change. Centralia raised $117.00 and was named the Champions of Change.

Another project the FFA sponsored was the annual canned food drive. Each year every high school PASS class tries to collect the most food to be donated to local families in need of food. The PASS class that collects the most amount of food receives a pizza party. The class that collected the most amount of food was Mrs. Rush’s class at the Elementary school. The group collected 1,000 pounds of food, which fed 5 different families.

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