‘Hawks Helping Others’

wraps up another Holiday season

  • CMS students, Samantha Allen and Jackson Brewer, loading a Christmas basket.

  • CMS 7th Grader, Reese Rittenberry, and CMS teacher/ Hawks Helping Others co-sponsor Nicole Patalano shopping for Christmas food baskets.

After a record-setting food drive at Thanksgiving for Clinton Middle School’s long-time community service club, Hawks Helping Others, the club worked with CMS families to put together 25 nontraditional food baskets this year for students in need.

The idea was to put together a couple of fun meals that families could make together and enjoy. Reese Rittenberry, a 7th-grade Hawk, created a pizza meal and chose ingredients that were kid and budget-friendly.

Her mother, Robin Rittenberry, created an easy-to-prepare chicken casserole recipe and helped select items for the baskets.

Hawks Helping Others put the baskets together. Families were invited to come in and pick them up the week before Winter Break.

Then, on December 21, several Clinton Middle Hawks served members the Clinton Community at The Family Life Center at First Baptist Church. CHS students paired with CMS students delivered food boxes to cars and to the Clinton Towers.

They served hot chocolate and coffee along with snacks.

They also helped picked out toys for attendees children. The students put on an impromptu performance that included Christmas carols and a dance.

All-in-all, students delivered nearly 200 boxes out in the community. They were invited by First Baptist Church and also received community service hours towards their individual goals.