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RailRider mascot Quills poses for a photo with Pittston Area Middle School students, from left, Ali Cook, Mia Rubino and Andrew Brennan during the Drug and Alcohol Awareness School Day game at PNC Field.
RailRider mascot Quills poses for a photo with Pittston Area Middle School students, from left, Ali Cook, Mia Rubino and Andrew Brennan during the Drug and Alcohol Awareness School Day game at PNC Field.
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The Pittston Area Middle School Student Council sold a school record $60,000 worth of Getrude Hawk candy and cookie dough.


Katie Martin, advisor to Student Council and a 7th grade teacher, said $40,000 came from the cookie dough alone and the money within a two-and-a-half week span.


Martin said the students had a set goal when they began fundraising last October.


“We came up with creative incentinves and the kids jumped on it,” said Martin. “If everything was the same price at $14, and if they sold 15 buckets they were taken on a limo ride to Savo’s in Pittston, and if they sold $25 they could bring a friend from the middle school. For a lot of kids it was their first time in a limo so they were very excited.”


With all the money raised, the students not only were able to go on their limo ride, but also to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton RailRiders game.


Enough money was raised that all grades in the Middle School were able to attend one game.


A total of 361 7th and 8th grade students attended a game on April 23, and 482 5th and 6th grade students will be attending a game on May 7 before which Martin and two students will throw out the first pitch.


“We had the most attending (on April 23),” said Martin. “We had the games in between innings, the cameras were on us most of the day. They loved it, they had more fun than the adults. The adults were cold because it rained, but the kids didn’t care. They were all participating in those DARE programs and got free book bags and bracelets.”


School field trips had been suspended since Sept. 11, 2001, but were resumed last year.


The Student Council went on a field trip to Wahsington D.C. last year.


“We had a lot of money needing to be spent,” said Martin. “They didn’t want to spend it all for one grade so they wanted to help out the whole building, so we rented a bunch of buses and went to a baseball game.”


In addition to the RailRiders game and limo rides, the students were able to afford other things for their school including a Patriot 200 Relay, in which teachers pick one student a day who they noticed did a good deed and give them a gold star. The first faculty member to have 10 students selected, those students are granted a lunch with the principal.


Other SGA events include: 6th grade students got to see the play of the Wizard of Oz; students were given a one day free pass to Knoebels; on Teacher Appreciation Day students presented teachers with coffee mugs, water bottles and bags.


8th grade students will have a dance that will be decorated by a wedding planner.


With the success of the cookie dough/Gretrude Hawk fundraier, Martin is already planning next school year’s fundraiser.


“I signed a cookie dough contract and will be selling that again next fall, and we’ll also be doing the limo ride again,” said Martin. “I can’t promise anything to anyone until we see how much money we raise. It all goes back to the kids because I can’t say I wanna do this or that. We didn’t know where we would hit so we said we’d take them to a movie (this year), and look what we’ were able to do.”


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