Salem Students Giving Back

Salem students embrace community efforts to help raise the spirits of those less fortunate by taking the time to volunteer, raise funds, cook meals, or send a note of thanks.

North Salem students create hand-written holiday cards for area veterans as part of U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster's Holiday Cards for Heroes program. This first-grade student is adding personal touches and decorations to her card which will be presented to residents at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton.

A Salem High School AFJROTC student trims Christmas trees as part of a volunteer effort on behalf of the Salem Exchange Club. Cadets donate time and labor to help prep trees and assisting buyers tying them to car roofs. The SEC traditionally raises around $35,000 from the event helping to brighten the holidays for Salem families in need.

SHS Key Club students prepare meal packages for Salem families and students to take home over the weekend. This effort -- part of the District's End 68 Hours of Hunger program -- distributes donated food supplies to needy students who otherwise may not eat again until school on Monday.

SHS FBLA Club students wrap gifts for a Salem family in need identified by the local Mary Queen of Peace Church. The students donated or purchased items to present to the family's three girls on Christmas Eve.

Lancaster Elementary School students are packaging gifts in support of the Shoebox Project for Shelters. Fourth-grade teacher Shannon Farley helps a student set up the "gift assembly line" with sorted bags of donated items. Students collected items, added them to shoe boxes, then wrapped the boxes for delivery to women at the Lazarus House in Lawrence.

SHS Culinary Arts students are peeling potatoes as part of an effort to provide holiday meals to area families in need. Contributions from a GoFundMe page and a generous donation of carrots and potatoes from Salem NH Farmer's Market will support the creation of 627 meals to be distributed through six area organizations.

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