This past December, Franklin County Tech’s Pre-Employment Program hosted their 3rd annual scarf sale in December. Charlotte Choleva, mother of lead teacher Charlie Choleva, donated approximately 200 hand knit scarves and 20 pairs of embellished flip flops. Charlotte is a lifetime resident of Montague and former 1st grade teacher at Hillcrest School. Throughout the year, she knits scarves in her free time using skeins of various kinds of wool that is both purchased and donated to her. By donating the scarves to the PEP program, this is Charlotte’s way of giving back to the community.
The scarf sale raised $773.00 to benefit the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. The PEP program sold 134 scarves and 12 pairs of embellished flip flops. Some people also donated to the cause. The sale took place at Franklin County Tech and attracted patrons of the school’s Apprentice Restaurant, school staff members and students. Scarves were also sold during FCTS’s Winter Carnival, which took place in late January. The money raised from the Winter Carnival was donated to the revitalization of the Montague Dog Pound. Staff and students presented police Chief Ray Zukowski with a check for $125.00.
On February 9th, Pre-Employment students and teachers paid a visit to the Dakin Animal Shelter in Leverett, Ma. Students presented a check to DPVHS staff member, Lisa Kuerzel who led students and staff on a tour of the facility, discussed what the DPVHS does on a day to day basis and described to students how they can volunteer and make a difference. Students had the opportunity to play and hold various cats in a designated cat playroom and hold and play with ferrets. Unfortunately, because of the inclement weather, there were no dogs housed at the shelter. Most dogs that are held for adoption are called “Dixie Dogs” and are transported to Dakin from shelters in the south.