•    During the Dunkirk High School’s FBLA meetings and Leadership classes, they often discuss ways to give back to those in need. Their teacher and advisor, Mrs. Dawley, introduced the idea of collecting items for comfort packs.
       Comfort packs contain items children may need after being placed in foster care, such as toiletries, night lights, pajamas, blankets, small toys, and other necessities. This allows the child to have something tangible and new that they can call their own.
       The students collected items during their first period classes from November 30, 2018 through December 7, 2018. During this time period, they collected over 400 items to include in these comfort packs. The items were then delivered to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) on January 17, 2019.
       Students who attended the trip to deliver the items received a tour of CASA and the Family Court facilities. They watched a film on what a child in Foster Care experiences when placed in a new environment and sometimes a new school.
       “I was really moved by the film we watched and would love to do more for this organization,” said Emily Baker, FBLA President.
       “I believe the film was an eye-opening experience for our students,” said Mrs. Dawley, “I am very proud of our students; not only for their generosity, but also for the compassion they showed for this community service project”.
       “I now feel more grateful for the home life and family I have” said Gabrielle Loeb, FBLA Parliamentarian.
       CASA was amazed with their generous donation, and presented them with a certificate, making them official members of the CASA Kids Caring for Kids organization.

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  •   Juniors at DHS heard a presentation from Eric Williams, CASAC Prevention Education Coordinator, during English classes on March 25, 2019.

       Williams' presentation focused on three topics: 1) reviewed the impact of alcohol intake, 2) debunked the myths about issues associated with vaping, and 3) explained the difference and impact of different chemicals in marijuana.

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  • Before heading home for the winter break, students and teachers showed their school spirit by dressing up based on different themes throughout the week.

    Monday: Pajama Day

    Tuesday: Santa's Workshop

    Wednesday: Winter Wonderland

    Thursday: Ugly Sweater Day

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  • Seven students from Dunkirk High School earned seats in honor choirs this fall. The students prepared and sang NYSSMA solos in May where they were adjudicated and received scores high enough to win coveted seats in area and state level honors groups.   

    Haileigh Pawlak scored an all state level 6 score of 100 for the second year in a row and attended Conference All-State Treble Choir the first weekend of December in Rochester.

    Joseph Newton, Makayla Pasierb, Storm Montez, Jeremy Bohn, Haileigh Pawlak and Leionna Thomas  all attended Area-All State at SUNY Fredonia on November 16th and 17th.

    Matthew Levan attended Jr. High Area All State on November 2 and 3 in Akron, NY.

    Congratulations to this extraordinary group of students.

    Photo: Back row: Storm Montez, Matthew Levan, Jeremy Bohn and Joey Newton Front row: Makayla Pasierb, Haileigh Pawlak and Leionna Thomas 

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    Photos by Michala Mick
    The Citizen Photographer

    The photo gallery below shows just a sample of the many cards that were made by juniors in Mrs. D'Agostino's English classes to honor local veterans. Cards will be distributed to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11 at Applebee's and on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk.

    "Our students put their creativity to the test as they created meaningful cards dedicated to the soldiers who risked their lives to ensure our futures," said Michala Mick, junior. "Honor veterans through this small gesture could mean the world to them on Veterans' Day."

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