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CMMS student raises over $1k for local veterans

PHOTO PROVIDED Owen Wunder pushes a cart with some of the pennies he and his fellow students at CMMS helped collect to support the MilitaryShare food distribution in Clinton County.

MILL HALL — Owen Wunder, 7th grader at Central Mountain Middle School, organized a school-wide Penny War fundraiser that kicked off at the CMMS Veterans Day Assembly.

Over the week of November 11 through 15, each CMMS Homeroom class collected coins totaling $1,707.41 to support the MilitaryShare food distribution in Clinton County.

The 7th grade Renaissance Club students, led by Mrs. Christina Onuskanich, assisted Owen in the daily collection and counting of the coins. Homerooms earned positive points for pennies and negative points for silver coins, and the following were recognized for their donations:

— 1st place overall – Mrs. Seyler

— 2nd place overall – Mrs. Lodek

PHOTO PROVIDED CMMS 7th grader Owen Wunder with his dad SFC Erik Wunder. Owen’s dad was the driving force behind his project to help local veterans.

— 3rd place overall – Mr. Mahon

— 6th grade Penny Champs – Mrs. Weikel

— 7th grade Penny Champs – Mrs. Seyler

— 8th grade Penny Champs – Mrs. Taylor

— 6th grade Silver Champs – Mrs. Serafini

— 7th grade Silver Champs – Mr. Nines

— 8th grade Silver Champs – Mrs. McKivison

Owen presented the donation check to Jennifer Hagaman, Director of Veterans Affairs, who leads the Clinton County monthly food distribution in conjunction with the Central PA Food Bank.

Owen is participating in a Clinton County Camp Cadet service project and chose the Central PA Food Bank MilitaryShare program because he’s a military child who wanted to help give back to military families in the area. In addition to the fundraiser, he has also been volunteering his time at the food distribution events, held the third Thursday of every month at the Castanea Fire Company Picnic Grounds.

The CCVA MilitaryShare Food Distribution is open to eligible Veterans and military families and pre-registration is required through the Clinton County Veteran’s Affairs Office at 570-893-4339.

“One in ten individuals in central Pennsylvania face hunger, including one in six children. There are individuals, working families, seniors, children, and those who are serving or have served in the military, who face food insecurity every day. With your help, we can provide them with the comfort of knowing they will have access to healthy, nutritious meals. A donation of $1 helps us provide six meals in the 27 counties we serve,” according to the Central PA Foodbank’s website, https://www.centralpafoodbank.org/give-now/

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