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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Members of the Northampton Area High School Volunteer Club stand in front of 1,600 items the club collected and donated to the Northampton Area Food Bank last October. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Members of the Northampton Area High School Volunteer Club stand in front of 1,600 items the club collected and donated to the Northampton Area Food Bank last October.

Volunteer club formed at Northampton Area High School

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by MARK RECCEK mreccek@tnonline.com in School

Northampton Area High School has a new club whose members are intent on helping other individuals and organizations in need.

NAHS teacher and club advisor Becky Wagner said the club has 55 students.

"Our mission is to promote volunteerism in our school and community, as well as to help students develop a passion for assisting anyone in need," Wagner said.

NAHS student Sage Minton spearheaded the club. Minton, who serves as club president, said she felt compelled to start the group because of the absence of any organization in the school that concentrates its efforts on helping others.

"I felt there wasn't enough encouragement to volunteer among the students at school," she said. "I also wanted to help some students establish lifelong connections and experience the feeling of gratitude and pure joy that comes from helping others."

According to Minton, the club achieved some noteworthy goals in 2014.

The studnts collected and donated 1,600 nonperishable items to the Northampton Area Food Bank in October and, in November, the club visited Gracedale Nursing Home where members took a tour of the facility and spoke to the residents about their families, childhoods and interests.

In December, the club held a toy donation drive for Giving Tree. Toys were collected during December, transported to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and distributed to the children for Christmas.

"We are so happy to have been able to help make some childrens' holiday season special," Minton said.

Also in December, the club went caroling at Gracedale.

"The residents were overjoyed to hear us singing their favorite carols," Minton said. "We love to visit and are so happy that they enjoy our company."

In 2015, the club hopes to take on larger projects and plan events that involve the NAHS community.

NAHS teachers Genevieve Wilde, Sally Madden, Christina Thrash and Adria Rios also serve as club advisors.

More information on the volunteer club can be found at www.nhsvolunteerclub.weebly.com.