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Waterville High, Much More Than A School

posted Dec 22, 2016, 10:10 AM by Floyd Wygant   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 10:10 AM ]

As the holiday break approaches, most members of the community are all excited about the prospect of some family time, a special meal to celebrate, and maybe even a present or two.  But not everyone in the school community has that to look forward to. This is why Waterville High School is much more than just a place to learn.  It is also a place that cares.


Again this year, some students and their families needed some help in order to make the holiday season joyous and nice. Stepping forward, Nancy Hebert, Anne Smith, and Ratesha Petrillo organized the school’s annual Giving Tree program. Working with students, teachers and the extended school community and their community contacts to provide a holiday feast, clothing, and those important gifts for more than 45 student families.  

When last minute needs came to our attention, the school again moved to support our kids.  This time it was Ashley Rancourt from the Guidance Department who stepped in to fill the needs for two more students and their families. Ashley said, “I reached out to the whole high school list and had an AMAZING response. People donated checks, cash, gifts, clothing, etc. It was beyond awesome. I found gifts of cash on my chair, desk and in my drawers. Just spectacular.”


The Latin club, headed by Seth Metcalf stepped in for one of the families and the students went shopping for an entire Christmas meal, gifts, etc. They went above and beyond. One staff member here handed me cash four days in a row (see related article In the News). And for the other, Ashley related she went out late last night and shopped for the kiddo who approached her just yesterday and staff have been stopping by all morning giving her money to help cover the cost of that. Ashley’s excitement was contagious as she and Officer Cam Huggins had, “actually just got back from delivering all the food and gifts to both families! They were sooooo grateful.”

While most of us would be tired and looking for a rest after all this work, all are “hoping next year to be more organized” to help even more. Ashley summed up the high school community by saying, “I truly have never been so humbled and proud to be part of such a caring, giving group of people.”