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Community Connections students aid Meals on Wheels fundraiser

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MASSENA - Students in the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Community Connections program in Canton volunteered at the Massena Meals on Wheels on Thursday to help clean and prepare for the annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

As part of the program’s community service component, students give back in their communities in a variety of ways. Students visited Meals on Wheels in Massena for the second year in a row, where they helped with cleaning and maintenance in the facility, including sweeping the banquet room where the dinner will be held. They also set all of the banquet tables and prepared extra roll ups of napkins and silver wear.

Community Connections provides a unique opportunity for students who may not succeed in the traditional school setting. The program combines academics, community service, social health, and recreation. There are currently two sites, one in Ogdensburg and one in the new BOCES Educational Services Center in Canton. The program serves up to 12 students at each site from all of the 18 school districts in the county.

“It’s really great having these students help out, we love having them, otherwise there would be a lot of work we would have to do on our own.” said Meals on Wheels Board of Directors President Gail Elman. “The spaghetti dinner is an important part of our funding, without it we wouldn’t be able to do as much as we do.”

The Meals on Wheels spaghetti dinner will be from 4 -7 p.m. today and is the kick off fundraiser to their annual Meals on Wheels Week ,which runs through Oct. 5, ending with a telethon. The telethon will be simulcast by WMSA and will also be aired on channel 30.

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