Some Edison High School students took time to make some much-needed improvements to the school’s Paw Pantry, which provides food, clothing and other necessities to their own.
Sophomores Dylan Barker, Olivia Huff, Megan Tice and juniors Zoe Eisnaugle and Gracie Fox organized the space so users could access it more easily. The pantry is located near the auditorium and includes clothing, hygiene products, shoes and school supplies, among other items, and has benefitted any student in need. The Fort Steuben Mall also provided a clothing rack to store some of the goods.
Huff said they volunteered their time for the task this past month and the process took about three weeks to complete. Everyone said they liked lending a hand because it ultimately helped others in the long run.
“We started doing it just to help out and now it’s turning into a club,” added Fox. “I wanted to donate items and saw how messy it was and wanted to make it easier to use.”
“I have been working with the Paws Pantry for a couple of years,” Barker commented. “Some students started it originally and gave it to the guidance counselor [to oversee], who handed it to me, and these guys have been helping as well.”
“We stayed after school some days and some days we got out during eighth period to help. We also took older clothes to the laundromat and washed them,” Huff said.
Guidance counselor Sara McGee noted that the students should be highlighted for their good deed.
“They reopened and remodeled our Paw Pantry, which has anonymous donations for students to use, and they have worked really hard and deserve recognition,” she said.