Saturday Nov. 15 found 26 Cazenovia School District students, teachers, staff and administrators volunteered their time to assist WCNY with the holiday Tel-Auc for the first time ever. WCNY is the community-owned, non-profit public broadcasting station for Central New York. Kindergarten through 12th-grade students are able to utilize the numerous programs offered by WCNY throughout the year.
Our Cazenovia school community decided to give back to the community and offered to assist in Tel-Auc. From 6 to 9 p.m. our students, teachers, staff and administrators answered phones, served as runners and organized the hospitality room. The staff at WCNY were extremely grateful for our help and are eager to have Cazenovia back in the studio for future volunteer efforts.
Our students earned three hours of community service hours for their time and effort on this eventful evening.
The evening began with some of the students expressing anxiety over being on TV and having to remember to recite the script provided for us. These jitters quickly gave way to some entertaining students as the fear subsided and the fun took over. For instance, Sean was fond of answering by saying, "Thank you for calling WCNY, my name is Sean, how can I be of service to you this evening?"
His upbeat tone and enthusiasm always resulted in laughter and a jovial conversation with the bidder. Smiles filled the room and when our time ended for the evening, some students were already asking when they could return. One of our staff did return, right then and there, as there was a spot open for the next shift from 9 to 11:30 p.m. This ambitious volunteer was none other than our very own teacher Mandi Millen.
Sean Dougherty, Devyn Speer, Eric Tucker, Pierce Brothers, Erin Dewan, Stephanie Siracuse, Carrie Hagan, Avery Bowser, Julie Henderson, Kim Austin, Erika Weisbrod, Phil Kugler, Mary Flaherty, Shelby Stoker, Mike Rainbow, Ariel Puukila, Dana Cole, Joe Bono, Tom Lyga, Terry Dubik, Bob Dubik, Susan Vickers, Todd Widrick, Cara LaVine, Mandi Millen and Julie Mattina participated in the effort.
Susan T. Vickers is assistant principal, Cazenovia High School.