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Massena High School staff enjoys breakfast, lunch thanks to Secret Santa

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MASSENA - Secret Santa made a special delivery to Massena High School.

The school’s staff enjoyed an unexpected breakfast of bagels, creamed cheese, donuts, fruit and coffee and a lunch of pizza, wings, baked ziti, salad and subs, all thanks to the Secret Santa and donations by local businesses.

“It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing,” Principal Patrick Farrand said.

“Only a handful knew because I had asked them to pick up items on their way to work,” said teacher Nicole Charleson, one of the organizers. “I had been thinking about it for the past couple of weeks. I asked a couple of teachers what they thought about it. Then I talked to Deb (Croff, high school secretary) and she said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

Ms. Croff and Shawn Dobbins got on the phone and started contacting local businesses to see if they would donate to the Secret Santa effort. Within two days they had donations that filled a few tables in the teacher’s room.

“All of this was donated,” Ms. Croff said.

Responding to the call were Tim Hortons on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, Common Grounds, Subway in the Massena Walmart, Mountain Mart and on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, Pizza Hut, Italian on the Run and Vino Vidi Vici, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Dunkin’ Donuts, An Italian Affair, The Bagelry, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Coach’s Corner and Rosario’s.

“I was overwhelmed by the support. It just shows the true Christmas spirit. I just love the spirit around here,” Ms. Charleson said.

Mr. Farrand said the donations by the businesses were appreciated.

“Deb Croff let me know a number of area businesses had donated food items. It’s a sign of appreciation and holiday cheer for our staff and what they do for our students. I think it’s a nice gesture and nice recognition. It’s a good way to end the week,” he said.

While the food was located in the teacher’s room, some students wheeled a cart around the school to provide door-to-door coffee and donuts. Among them was Peter Skomsky.

“They all wanted to know where it came from. I didn’t know if I was supposed to tell them,” he said.

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