A Little Help From Our Friends


By Vincent DePalma, staff writer

Community Outreach Club’s “Project Prom” has been a tremendous success and will soon help students attending their prom/ball at Amsterdam High School possible, according to Christie Crawford, club co-advisor. “Project prom” is a drive that was started by the club in the fall semester of 2012.  According to Crawford, they have collected approximately 40 dresses, shoes and accessories.

Guidance counselors at AHS will be selecting the students that will receive the dresses on March 21 and 22.  The club does plan on having the dresses dry cleaned at a local dry cleaner before they deliver them to AHS.

The club has a busy spring semester planned that includes volunteering at the Johnstown YMCA’s Healthy Kids Event on April 6, sponsoring a blood drive on campus on April 16, and bringing Locks of Love back to the campus on April 23.   Crawford said, “last year the club raised over $550 for locks of love last year.” Community outreach is also planning a date in April to visit Fulton County Residential Hall to play bingo with the residents.

The club is also involved in a project with Habitat For Humanity of Fulton County.  They plan to volunteer their assistance in building a house for a local family.  They will start assisting in April and Crawford expects they will be involved throughout the summer and fall.  Habitat For Humanity is hoping to have the house built by mid-fall.  Crawford said, “All students are encouraged to attend a meeting if they want to join the club or volunteer in any of the exciting activities planned.”

Community Outreach club meets on Tuesday’s in room C-109.  The club has been in existence at FM since the fall of 2011.  Co-advisors of the club are Kirsten Manzi, Shirl Doherty and Christie Crawford.  The club’s main objective is getting out into the communities around the area and performing different volunteer activities.

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