Superintendent Winfried Feneberg
114 Cougar Court
New London, NH 03257
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
Kearsarge Students Hold Blanket Drive to Support Local Veterans
NEW LONDON – Superintendent Winfried Feneberg is pleased to share that students at Kearsarge Regional High School (KRHS) are holding a blanket drive to support local veterans in need this winter.
The National Honor Society and the Student Work on Community Outreach Committee (SWOCO) at KRHS launched a blanket drive to support homeless veterans in the area on Monday. The drive will end on Dec. 20, and twin bed sized blankets can be donated and dropped off at KRHS on North Road in North Sutton or at the Newbury Town Offices on Route 103 in Newbury.
“Most recently, our students had a chance to meet and recognize our local veterans on Veterans Day,” Superintendent Feneberg said. “Now, they have decided to come together to give back to the veteran community in our area, and it’s truly special to see them forming connections and making a meaningful impact after learning about veterans’ service.”
The initiative is among efforts organized at KRHS by Curtis Roddy, a teacher and Veterans Adviser, to engage students with local veterans not only on Veterans Day, but throughout the year.
“Kearsarge is fortunate enough to have an active and supportive local veterans community that are integrated into our schools throughout the district and school year.,” Roddy said. “This vital integration of local veterans allows for our students to perform for our veterans, as well as work with them, and take advantage of some of the great programs and offerings our veteran community has to offer.”
The drive supports efforts by the Newbury Veterans Committee to help homeless veterans at the Liberty House in Manchester, a substance-free transitional house that assists homeless and struggling veterans and connects them with much needed resources. For the past two years, the committee has conducted clothing drives and assisted in the transportation of donated food to the Liberty House during the holiday season.
KRHS students are partnering with the Newbury Veterans Committee on the initiative, and the committee is also reaching out to area communities to collect donated blankets for the drive.
The blankets will be brought to the Liberty House by the Newbury Veterans Committee on Dec. 23.
Later this year, the school’s SWOCO club will also organize a canned food drive to benefit veterans at the Liberty House. The group aims to beat last year’s record of collecting 1,200 donated cans in two weeks.