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TASD Students and Staff Help Tyrone Food Bank

Alyssa Houck and Alana Murtagh

In response to a plea for donations, the Eagle Eye News sponsored a donation drive for the Tyrone Area Food Bank at the middle and high school in December.

The drive turned out to be a major success with over 700 items donated to the food bank by Tyrone students and staff.

Thanks to the generosity of the students we were able to pack food for our clients for tomorrow. We also shared the single-serving items with the Northern Blair Back Pack for their distribution

— Food Bank Treasurer Jean Bressler

“After learning that the Food Bank was low on donations, the students in the fifth period came up with the idea to hold a donation drive at the school,” said Eagle Eye Adviser Todd Cammarata. “I would like to especially thank Nicole Ramsey, Alyssa Houck, Abby Anthony, and Sidney Goodwin for organizing and running the food drive. I’m really proud of these students for their leadership and hard work on this project.”

The Tyrone Food Bank has been struggling in recent months to support an influx of families in need and asked for the help of the community to get through the holiday season.

According to Tyrone Food Bank Treasurer Jean Bressler, the TASD donation was well-timed and appreciated.

“The donation was amazingly abundant,” Bressler said. “With it, we filled the shelves at the Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of the students we were able to pack food for our clients for tomorrow. We also shared the single-serving items with the Northern Blair Backpack Program for their distribution.”

Bressler also noted that the food bank still needs donations and is currently low on canned pasta, baked beans, kidney beans, and canned tomatoes.

As an incentive to donate, the Eagle Eye also sponsored a contest for middle and high school homerooms, with the homeroom that donated the most items receiving donuts courtesy of the Eagle Eye.

We discussed what this drive was really about, and the importance of giving back during the holiday season. They were all in for the drive and I could tell it meant a lot to them

— Fifth grade teacher Dawn Whited

In the high school, special education teacher Jessica Ellenberger’s homeroom collected the highest number of items.

Her homeroom class only has eight students, but they still managed to donate the most food items in the high school. They were determined to help those who needed it.

“I was impressed with the participation that my advisory students exhibited during the food drive. Initially, they were motivated in hopes of earning prizes, but soon realized that this drive was bigger than all of that,“ Ellenberger said, “I wanted them to know how important kind acts are for everybody, and this drive has greatly impacted not only the community but also the students participating as well.”

In the middle school, Dawn Whited’s fifth grade homeroom collected the most donations. These fifth-grade students took the food drive as a challenge and were excited to participate.

“My students were really excited for the challenge, but it wasn’t all about that for them,” Whited said, “We discussed what this drive was really about, and the importance of giving back during the holiday season. They were all in for the drive and I could tell it meant a lot to them.”

Both homerooms will receive their prizes next Wednesday, January 10.

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Nicole Ramsey
Nicole Ramsey, Staff Writer
This is Nicole, who is currently a sophomore at Tyrone Area High School. This is her first year on the Tyrone Eagle Eye Staff. She is someone who always takes her schoolwork very seriously. Nicole is involved in both the Tennis and Track and Field teams. Along with sports, she really likes listening to music (especially Taylor Swift) and spending time with family. She loves to write about sports and different things that are happening throughout the school year. Nicole's all-time favorite season is summer. During the summer, she loves to be at the pool and go to the beach. In Nicole's free time, you will usually find her hanging out with friends.
Sidney Goodwin
Sidney Goodwin, Staff Writer
Sidney Goodwin is a sophomore this year and it is her first year in Eagle Eye. She plays for the volleyball team and is an active member of Student Council, YAN, Eagle Eye, and NHS. Her interests include hanging out with friends, shopping (spending way too much money), and reading. Her plans are to attend college and get a degree in business. Her favorite places to shop are American Eagle and Hollister. She hopes to cover volleyball stories and help with the new pieces, as well as coverage on special events and on school dances.
Alyssa Houck
Alyssa Houck, Staff Writer
Alyssa Houck is a sophomore this year and is in her first year as a member of the Eagle Eye News. She is involved in basketball, track and field, NHS, YAN, Golden Revolution, FFA, and Student Council. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, as well as working on her agricultural business of raising livestock. After high school, she plans to attend Penn State University to obtain a degree in business.
Abby Anthony
Abby Anthony, Staff Writer
Abby Anthony is a sophomore and it is her first year being on the Eagle Eye staff. She is a member of the volleyball team. In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing, hanging with her friends, and skiing at Blue Knob.  After high school, she plans to get her real estate license and attend the University of Miami to get her degree in Criminal Justice to become a lawyer. Her favorite movies are Mean Girls, Soul Surfer, and Clueless. Her favorite places to eat are Chipotle, AKI, and Chick-fil-A. She hates Taco Bell. She hopes to cover volleyball and special events throughout the school year along with helping the TikTok/social media pages. 

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