PCA Junior High girls step up and make an impact by helping the local community during the COVID pandemic
With the desire to help those in the Seacoast area, the girls needed support in reaching their food drive goal, and the PCA community eagerly jumped into action! Students, parents, teachers, and staff all stepped up with the week-long food drive. As a result of abundant generosity, 524 items were collected, weighing a total of 581 pounds! Erika reflected that, “None of this would have been possible without the PCA community. Families took the time and made the effort to bring in donations. The staff at PCA helped so much too.”
In-person learning made an opportunity, such as this, a possibility this school year. Despite the pandemic, PCA was one of a handful of New Hampshire schools able to offer full-time, in-person learning to its students beginning in August and continuing through the remainder of the 20-21 school year. Staff, teachers, and parent volunteers worked tirelessly designing safety protocols and reconfiguring the school to provide the best possible learning experience for all students. Opportunities to learn and grow, similar to this service project, occurred this year due to the daily dedication of countless volunteers, faculty, and staff.
The group logged approximately 20 total hours planning and executing the food drive at school, with the vast majority of that time working together. Executing the service project allowed Chloe, Sophia, and Erika the opportunity to experience all the behind-the-scenes work involved: deadlines, teacher/advisor guidance, administrative approval, marketing school-wide flyers, communications (both verbally and electronically), meetings, collecting donated items, checking for expired food, and delivering to Gather.
The group worked closely with their English teacher/project advisor Miss Juliana Scott and PCA Lower School Principal Dr. Carrie Abood.
When asked to reflect on the service project, Scott said, “Erika, Sophia, and Chloe demonstrated their organization skills, their persistent determination, and most importantly, their kind hearts as they donated their time to a school-wide food drive. I am so proud of them. They are certainly leaving behind a remarkable legacy.”