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1960s MAHS classes help district's RaiderPacks efforts

By Larry Etter

Press & Journal Staff

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Posted 1/29/20

Thirty graduates of Middletown Area High School classes from the mid-1960s got together for a special lunch held at the Blue Room on Jan. 20.

The gathering was a sort of mini-class reunion for the …

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1960s MAHS classes help district's RaiderPacks efforts

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Thirty graduates of Middletown Area High School classes from the mid-1960s got together for a special lunch held at the Blue Room on Jan. 20.

The gathering was a sort of mini-class reunion for the group, but it really had another, more significant reason to meet.

As a result, the past schoolmates dug into their wallets and bank accounts and raised nearly $3,000 for the school district’s RaiderPacks program.

The program’s volunteers meet every week to fill backpacks with food items that are sent home with needy students on Fridays. Grocery bags are also filled to be picked up by parents so that families will be assured of receiving nutritional food to supplement meals for those needing help. The program has been in place for a few years in the district.

The idea of the get-together was proposed by Jim Sniscak, Class of 1966, and expanded via a network of contacts by Sherry Lynch Caldwell, Class of 1965. As a result, three or four classes were represented and donations flowed freely.

Barry Condran, who is one of the volunteers who fill the packs and bags, explained the purpose of the program and that the food items were distributed discreetly after regular school hours.

Along with the individual donations, Middletown Youth Club representative Alan Perez pledged $500 for the cause.

Event organizers said they hope to expand its outreach through social media and involve more classes and organizations for donations in the future.