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Greenfield student group to host can and bottle drive for Newtown aid

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School Student Council is holding a can and bottle drive this Saturday morning to raise money for the first responders of last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

All residents have to do is put used cans and bottles in a bag in front of their house or on their porch, said Angela Mass, the student council’s faculty adviser. People can also drop off recyclable items at the Greenfield Fire Station until 11 a.m., she said.

The cans and bottles will be collected Saturday morning and redeemed at Ruggeri’s, with all the money going to the Connecticut town’s emergency personnel, said Mass.

People who have visited Newtown told her that those responders are still working around the clock, sometimes camping out in front of residents’ homes to shield them from the media.

“Their job is far from over. I think that it will be well received,” she said.

Courtney Kimball, a junior at the school and student council member, began coordinating the project in the immediate wake of the Dec. 14 shooting.

“I had a knot in my stomach and I wanted to do something to help the town out,” said Kimball.

“I remember elementary school like (it was just) the other day. It was just so much fun,” she said. “I want the kids to get back into the daily schedule and have fun like I did.”

The student council is collaborating with the Greenfield High School Key Club, a division of the Kiwanis Club of Greenfield.

Mass said that the group is still seeking some volunteers to drive around town and collect bags. Anyone interested should meet her at the fire station on Saturday at 9 a.m.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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