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Pupils give board a fresh perspective

PENDLETON -- Young children upstaged the Starpoint School Board and the usual suspects at Monday night's meeting.

Three received awards for their championship Peace Posters, one a sixth-grader who donated part of her award to Eastern Niagara County Habitat for Humanity.

Four other students not only complained about the alleged poor lunches served at district schools but handed the board two petitions signed by a total of 114 fellow students asking for a menu change -- one that's "nutritious and tastes good."

They also did some research and gave the board the names of two companies that could be hired to provide students with what they feel is the better food served in the Lewiston-Porter and Newfane school districts.

On the Pendleton Lions Club Peace Poster Contest, Abigail Fleming, an 11-year-old sixth-grader received a $200 savings bond for her first place finish, but informed Lions Club officials she wanted to donate her prize to Habitat for Humanity.

A Lions Club official said the club had to give her the savings bond, but also cut her a check made out to Habitat in her name, a moment that was applauded by a crowded board room.

Abigail also informed the board that to increase the donation to Habitat, Starpoint Middle School Principal James Breyer let her take up collections during lunch last week.

"I asked if I could collect donations and we made $79.92 to give to Habitat," Abigail said.

She then presented the check and the money Starpoint Middle School students donated to Wes and Linda Pickreign of Habitat.

"I did it because I have a friend in Habitat and she told me they build homes for families that can't afford to buy homes. So I thought that peace starts at home where the family is and I decided to donate my prize to it," Abigail said.

Her poster was of a world globe wrapped up in a ribbon and bow made out of flags of many nations. It also is topped with a rainbow attached to clouds on either side with two doves tugging below on the end of trailing ribbons that make up the bow.

Nicole Kasper, 12 and in seventh grade, received a $100 bond for her second-place poster and Tyler Karpik, 12 and in sixth grade, received a $50 bond for his third-place offering.


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