by Lisa Tome
Dr. Mary Way Bolt, president of Cecil College, got an up close look at some prospective students recently.
Dr. Bolt worked alongside students from North East middle and high schools bagging up potatoes for the needy.
The food was for the monthly Maryland Food Bank food distribution which alternates between Bay View and North East elementary schools.
Recently, it was held at North East.
The student volunteers were Student Government members from North East High and the National Junior Honor Society from North East Middle. Dr. Bolt talked to them about the sports teams at Cecil College and asked them about their studies while they worked.
"I think this is phenomenal," said Dr. Bolt who was working with the food drop for the first time. "The public schools do a great job. These students have happy hearts. They do a great job."
Dr. Bolt said that Cecil College's lacrosse team has helped at the food distribution. "If they can do it, I can do it. They embody what we are striving for. It's important to show by example," she said.
Sophie Kubek, a sophomore at North East High, was helping as part of the student council. "Helping people who are less fortunate is so important. And helping with food helps everyone, not just the less fortunate," said Kubek.
Tammy Martin and Kelly Reed oversee the North East Middle National Junior Honor Society. Martin explained that about 15 students, all eighth graders, help with the food distribution each month. All of the students help bag up the food for distribution. During the two hours that those in need come for food pickups, students serve as escorts and push carts with the food. They then deliver it to vehicles.
Martin said the emphasis for the society members is service. "They are getting to know the community members. And the community appreciates that the kids are here. Any outreach or community service, we try to do that," said Martin. "Any activity that gets them on the path to serve in the future."
Martin said the group has gotten a reputation. "Now people are asking for them. They are hard working and well-mannered. They are always saying 'what can I do?'
Ethan Chamer, a National Junior Honor Society member agreed.
"Helping the needy and homeless have food for Christmas lunch and dinner is important. I feel like I'm at the age where I should be helping my community," said Chamer.