ENFIELD – Superintendent Amanda Isabelle is pleased to share that Mascoma Valley Regional High School student-athletes recently assisted Friends of Mascoma for its Spring Break Food Box Project, helping those in need throughout the area.
The school’s Student Athlete Leadership Training (SALT) Team coordinated members of the Softball, Baseball and Track teams. Student filled 60 boxes on April 7 for the Friends Feeding Friends program, learning about the work of the food pantry and supporting the Mascoma Valley.
Friends of Mascoma, a local charity organization, aims to increase food security and access, and to reduce food waste. Friends of Mascoma supports the district by funding educational opportunities, supporting existing programs, and offering scholarships.
The SALT Team is part of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Life of an Athlete program. SALT Team members promote teamwork and inclusive collaboration among student-athletes, encourage student leadership development, and support healthy life choices around health, athleticism, teamwork, and substance issues.
Student-athletes said the effort taught them about their community, and the large impact that they can have.
“One thing I learned was how big of a positive impact the Friends of Mascoma food pantry has on our community,” student Ben Seiler said.
“I learned more about how I can help the community, and ways I can participate by using my time not my money without expecting anything in return,” student McKenzie DeAmicis said.
Mascoma Valley’s SALT Team was founded in 2019, after four students attended the annual NHIAA Student Leadership Conference and were looking for ways to have an impact on their local community. The founders have graduated, but the work continues.
“It is a pleasure watching our students learn and grow through efforts such as the food drive,” said Eric Ramage, a School Counselor and SALT Team advisor. “They are having a positive impact in our school and community, and will continue use these lessons to have an impact on their world.”