December 18, 2012

All hands on deck

WILLSBORO — The All Hands on Deck Food Chain, a culmination of the College for Every Student/Key Club drive, collected more than 600 items for the town’s Food Shelf.

Cans, boxes and other containers traversed the impromptu serpentine artery, which stretched from Willsboro Central School’s front door around the driveway to Farrell Road, then along the sidewalk, across a field and down the stairs of the Town Hall.

Considering the meandering course of about a half mile and a school population of 286, coupled with adult participants, each individual spanned an average of 8.5 feet of the chain.

Since the preschoolers and elementary students might be considered “short-handed or short armed,” the high-school students got a workout covering longer spans between links.

In addition, the food chain was broken crossing the thoroughfare, where adults ferried the cargo in boxes.

Though this was the first time for this event, the logistics seemed to allow for a smooth transition.

To add to the festive occasion, many of the participants were adorned in Santa hats, elf head wear replete with enlarged ears or reindeer antlers.


Lorilee Sheehan’s third-graders were pleased they could assist.

“I feel happy that people in our town will have food for Christmas,” said Manny Frechette.

“It felt good to give poor people food that do not have enough money and stuff,” Lydia Valachovic added.

Jaycob Gough said it “felt good that I could help get food to the Town Hall for people that do not have any.”

Town Clerk Beverly Moran, who is Food Shelf coordinator, said the chain was “a great idea. It was awesome. It gives you a tingly feeling.”

Moran said monetary contributions also came in after letters went out to local churches and businesses. Many individuals also added to the coffers.

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