Letter: Taconic is at work helping community

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the letter to the editor, "High School competition to help Pittsfield's needy" (Eagle, Oct. 26). I have worked at Taconic High School since 1984. I cannot express enough praise and gratitude for the staff and students there when it comes to monetary donations, giving time on non-school days and demonstrating care and kindness.

Every year, our Berkshire Youth United students prepare eight to 12 baskets containing a turkey and all the fixings for Thanksgiving and deliver them to the Christian Center to be distributed to needy families. This same group volunteers at the Pittsfield Post Office for its annual canned food drive, the Pittsfield Fourth of July Road Race and Hancock Shaker Village for the Farm Friends days. Our career technology students volunteer for various projects throughout the city, including metal fabrication students repairing veterans' markers for the cemetery, carpentry students restoring a bench from the train station that is now used at the Colonial Theatre and SkillsUSA students volunteering on a regular basis at St. Stephen's Soup Kitchen.

Since September, our marketing students have raised $1,000 for the victims of Hurricane Irma, staff members participated in Denim and Pink Day and raised $480 for the American Cancer Society, and SkillsUSA students volunteered to help construct a playground at Conte Community School.

This is merely a sampling of what the staff and students at Taconic High School have done in the previous year. I cannot speak for Pittsfield High School, but I am certain they have done their fair share of giving and caring.

Our reward is in the thank yous we hear and the smiles we see on the faces of those we have helped. No competition is necessary; the students and staff take their time to care for and show kindness to others because that is what we consider as being a "Real Brave."

Beverly J. Gans,



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