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24th Annual APW Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner

Members of the A-P-W High School student government, members of the National Honor Society and volunteers from the Senior class served as waiters and waitresses for the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner.

Members of the A-P-W High School student government, members of the National Honor Society and volunteers from the Senior class served as waiters and waitresses for the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner.

Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School student Nate Graham is pictured above serving two Thanksgiving dinners at the recent the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner.

Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School student Nate Graham is pictured above serving two Thanksgiving dinners at the recent the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner.

Pie anyone? Altmar-Parish-Williamstown students Sarah Fletcher, 12th grade, Rachael Thormann, 9th grade, and Liberty Tanner, 12th grade, prepare trays of a variety of pre-cut pie slices for the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner.

Pie anyone? Altmar-Parish-Williamstown students Sarah Fletcher, 12th grade, Rachael Thormann, 9th grade, and Liberty Tanner, 12th grade, prepare trays of a variety of pre-cut pie slices for the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner.

Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School Student Government club members served up a huge helping of harvest-time cheer last week at the 24th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner. Students transformed the high school cafeteria into an elegant dining room for the guests as the walls and tables were decorated with student artwork from all of the school buildings within the district.

The guests of honor were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving fare including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, squash, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, and a beverage. Student Government Advisor Elizabeth Dunham, APW High School staff volunteers, and APW Food Service staff members were behind the scenes preparing the plates while the students loaded up their serving carts and headed out to their designated tables. Weaving through the numerous tables and over 100 guests, the servers were busy refilling drinks, tending to their guests’ and serving up some homemade pie.

As visitors dined, members of the APW Music Department provided live entertainment and members of the ‘prize patrol’ called winning ticket numbers. Door prizes along with the turkey and fixings were donated by faculty members and various community members and businesses.

For those attending, the dinner provided a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and neighbors before the beginning of winter, and pause for a moment to reflect on what they are thankful for. For many, it was good food, good entertainment, and good friends.

Fire Safety Presentation at Altmar Elementary School

Altmar Elementary School Principal Denise Penoyer puts on the final piece of fire equipment to illustrate to students in the audience that a firefighter is just a regular person wearing a great deal of equipment and nothing to be afraid of during a recent fire safety presentation at the school in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District.

Altmar Elementary School Principal Denise Penoyer will go to great lengths to teach students in her school about fire safety, including don a fireman’s turnout gear and illustrate that a fireman is just a regular person inside the large coat, hat and other gear. She’ll also crawl across a gymnasium floor to show students that they should stay low during a fire, and she’d call out, “I’m here!” to let the rescue personnel know her location in a fire, so they can come to help her. This and more was part of the fire safety presentation by two local fire companies at Altmar Elementary School in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District recently. Local volunteer firemen Dan Collins, Corey Holcomb, and Bob Oakes, representing the Williamstown and Defiance Fire Companies, visited the school to educate students about what to do if they are in a fire.

More importantly, the firemen talked about fire prevention tips such as never play with matches, or lighters, and don’t play with hot things on a stove. They talked about testing smoke detectors and how if smoke detector is more than seven years old, it should be tested by an adult using a match ten inches from the sensor, to see if it is still working. Depressing the test button may not be a true indicator of whether or not a smoke detector is still functioning.

Another tip from the firefighters was to help locate someone who might be trapped inside a burning house: hang a bed sheet or piece of clothing from a window where the person is located to identify that someone is inside that location. The first thing a firefighter does when they arrive at a location is to do a full scan of the structure before proceeding, and the bed sheet would indicate an area that would be targeted as a priority for the firefighters to enter for a rescue. The firemen cautioned the students not to hide under a bed or in a closet, even if they are afraid, but to stay low and call out “I’m here” until a fireman or rescue personnel comes to get them. They also told students that the first thing they should do was to get out of the house and go to the designated meeting spot for their family so it could be determined if all were out safely. “Never go back into a burning building for a pet, or a toy,” they cautioned, “Most likely your pet has already made it out safely, and toys can always be replaced, but your life can’t.” They also suggested that students practice using two different ways to get out of their house in case one exit is blocked in the event of a fire.

Other volunteer fire fighters were present in the audience during the morning program and the presenters called them to the front to acknowledge their service to their communities. They talked to the students about the sacrifice that volunteer firefighters make to help the members of their communities stay safe and encouraged the students to be mindful of their unselfishness and thankful that there are individuals out there who care enough about them and their families to become a volunteer firefighter.

MTV Celebrity and Motivational Speaker to Visit APW Schools on September 24

September 24, 2010, The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District has invited MTV Celebrity and internationally renowned youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, to speak at A-P-W Middle School and A-P-W High School

Jeff Yalden is from Sagamore Beach, MA and has spoken to more than 4500 youth audiences in all 50 states and representing over 48 different countries. His timely message about life and purpose is delivered with humor and hard-hitting honesty to high school and middle school-aged students around the world.

A solid motivator and educator, Jeff Yalden is a role model for youth with which he is comfortable: Yalden has spent the last fifteen years touring the world, coaching and delivering his highly motivational speech to youth, educators and parents to make better life, family choices and to find a purpose bigger than themselves in their journey. He has saved lives and impacted youth to live a life of purpose and integrity.

So effective is Yalden’s work, in fact, the National Speaker’s Association awarded him its highest honor. In 2002, the organization granted Jeff Yalden the title of Certified Speaking Professional. Less than 7% of professional speakers world-wide carry the designation. Also, MTV called his show their best show in the six seasons of taping MTV MADE. His show was the longest running show seen by over 70 million youth.

An author, Yalden has six books to his credit: They Call Me Coach, Keep it Simple: A Teenager’s Handbook for Life, Traits of a Leader, 20 Ways to Keep it Simple and Pathway to Purpose. He has also co-authored Lead Now or Step Aside and is a contributing author of the New York Times best seller A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

To encourage young people to think before they act, Yalden also created the popular “Take Time To Think” wristbands. Formerly, a two-time Marine-of-the-Year and Mr. New Hampshire Male America, Yalden draws upon his own life experiences to reach out to students.

“You can’t be angry about yesterday’s circumstances. However, you can choose to accept the past and make better choices today to make the circumstances of tomorrow more fulfilling, meaningful, and rewarding”, Yalden states.

For more information about Jeff Yalden’s upcoming visit at A-P-W, call the middle school at 625-5200.

APW High School Art Show set for May 18th

The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School art club will be hosting its 3rd annual Art Show on Tuesday, May 18th, from 5-8 pm. There will be refreshments available and hands-on activities for children including face painting. Student musicians will be performing in the hallways to serenade guests. The Winterguard will perform at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gym. Tickets cost $2 for adults and students, with children 5 and under admitted free with an adult.

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