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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • DHS groups join to serve community

  • DIAMOND — In an effort to say thanks and show their support, two Diamond High School organizations came together on Thanksgiving morning to serve a free breakfast to the community.
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  • DIAMOND — In an effort to say thanks and show their support, two Diamond High School organizations came together on Thanksgiving morning to serve a free breakfast to the community.
    The high school's National Honor Society (NHS) and student council (STUCO) prepared biscuits and gravy, pancakes, bacon, sausage and drinks from 7 to 10 a.m. at the high school's commons area. This is the second year in a row that the event has been held.
    "It is just to show that we appreciate our community support in everything that we do," said Kenzie McAlister, public relations officer for NHS. "We seat them, get their order and then go get it."
    Approximately 123 people were served breakfast.
    It is a win-win situation for everyone, Kenzie said.
    "It is service hours for us and we have to have 20 service hours by the end of the semester," said Kenzie. "It gives us that and the satisfaction of helping our community."
    STUCO's president Asia Mahan stated the reason they opted to help with the annual event.
    "We decided to help the NHS just like with manpower and help buy some of the food and prepare the food," she said.
    Jimmie and Alisha McAlister were two of the residents served breakfast.
    "We are really proud of them, it is a big thing for them to do," said Alisha, as one of the students refilled her orange juice.
    NHS advisor Shirley Gollhofer said the students who helped out on Thanksgiving were to be at the school at 6 a.m.
    "We told them to be here at 6 a.m. and I pulled in the parking lot at 5:45 a.m. they were already here," Gollhofer said.
    Gollhofer is proud of the members of both organizations coming together for this event.
    "All come together and work well together because we have a common purpose: to serve the public, thanking them for all of their support," she said.
    STUCO president Bobbie Sweet agrees.
    "They came in, worked, did a pretty good job," Sweet said.
    This is not the only service project the organizations have planned during this time of the year.
    NHS is once again gathering coats for the Neosho Daily News' Project Warmth. But this year, they are adding to it.
    "This year, NHS is going to collect jeans too for the Project Warmth and several of our members are going to come over to help haul everything from Neosho Daily down to Mills Park Centre and work on that," said Gollhofer. "The coat and jean drive will be school-wide this year."
    The coats and jeans will be given out during the Newton County Food Basket Brigade distribution on Saturday, Dec. 21.
    Page 2 of 2 - STUCO, according to Sweet, is planning a canned food drive.
    "And donate it to a local church (Diamond First Baptist) because they have a food bank," she said.
    Asked what Thanksgiving means to Mahan and Kenzie McAlister, Mahan said, "just telling everyone how much they mean to you. Just letting them know that you are grateful that they are in your lives."
    Kenzie McAlister said, "just like getting together with my family, spending time with them that we usually don't get to spend on any other day."

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