Wolverines dig claws into HOME pantry-painting project

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For a group of Whiteaker Middle School students, the hardest part of helping out at Salem’s HOME Youth and Resource Center was the most easily overlooked: keeping clean. “That was the biggest challenge because there were so many of us painting in the small space,” said Megan Provost. Provost and seven of her peers in the National Junior Honor Society at the school spent Saturday, Dec. 4, painting the interior of a food pantry at HOME. “HOME is an organization for teens ages 11 to 17, and 18 if they are still in school. They serve lunch and snacks and dinner for teens that are homeless,” said student Noah Gould. “We went there to paint their pantry, which is pretty much a shack in the backyard of the house that they have there.” “Teens can go to HOME to take showers and get food,” added Paytonn Wirt. “I wish we could have done more.” The project was arranged by Pat Curran, a Whiteaker counselor, as part of the students’ commitment to the five principles of the NJHS: character, scholarship, leadership, service and citizenship. “There’s a difference between sitting at home thinking, ‘I’m in National Junior Honor Society and that’s cool,’ but not doing anything,” said student Kacey Whitfield. “A lot of adults underestimate what we can do as kids.” To be considered...

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