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LEWISBURG – The idea is to pay it forward. That was the goal of Lewisburg High School’s diversity club when decided to collect food for Cassi’s Cabinets. Senior Crystal Des-Ogugua says, “We have people donate food that will go to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. It is in honor of Cassi Choplick who when to our school and had cancer.”
Cassi underwent treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011 and 2012. During her first visit to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center, she noticed many of the cabinets in the family kitchens of the children hospital were empty.
Even while fighting her own struggles, Cassi sprung to action to collect food. Her mother, Meg Yost, says the project grew from there. “It started maybe as a senior project and grew from there. We try every three weeks to stock the family kitchens.”
Cassi graduated in 2012, but the donations continue. That is where the diversity club stepped in. Lewisburg High School art teacher Christy Emigh says the group was searching for a project following the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shootings. “When the tragedy at Sandy Hook occurred, there were a lot of teachers that felt helpless. Around that time, I had also read that Cassi’s Cabinets was empty. So, I thought maybe we could combine the two.”
The club worked hard to collected many boxes of food, which will go to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Jasmine Jordan is part of the diversity club and says it means a lot to help. “It could have happened here and it hit close to home, we have younger siblings or know people in Kelly [Elementary]. We just want to raise awareness.” More information is available here. (Sara Bartlett)