WAVERLY – Some of the parents and children posed in the middle of a frame that read, “We love the Comm” while having their picture taken. Then, the families enjoyed the rest of the Valentine’s Day festivities during the Waverly Comm’s Valentine’s Day Party, held Saturday February 11.
The Walega family, from Carbondale Twp., consisting of husband and wife, Chet and Dawn, and their two young daughters Caitlyn, 2, and Clare, 4 months, was photographed behind the frame. This was the family’s first time at the get-together.
“The organizers did a great job setting up,” said Dawn, who has attended music classes at the Comm where she heard of the event.
Organizers were the many local high school and middle school students who helped kids enjoy activities the party had to offer.
“I like volunteering for the community,” said Karen Daly, a seventh-grade student of Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, who volunteered with Riley Mulherin, an eight-grader at Abington Heights High School, to take photos of families.
Some of the student volunteers are members of the National Honor Society and perform at least 20 hours of community service to maintain their standings as members.
During the party, Abington Heights seniors Maddie Jarocha and Ashley Mulherin taught children how to make Cupid arrows using popsicle sticks and heart-shaped pieces of felt. This was Maddie’s first time volunteering for this event but she has also volunteered at her school’s Back-to-School Carnival.
“It’s good to help out the community and get involved,” she said.
Abington Heights senior Allyson Derry, also a member of the National Honor Society, enjoyed helping children play Valentine Tic Tac Toe.
“I thought it was a really nice idea for the kids,” she said. “It was fun for me, too.”
Allyson has also created a coat drive for St. Joseph’s Center and rang the bell for Salvation Army donations during Christmas time.
The party was a fun time for the children, as well. Courtney Vangorder and her BFF Lyla Koval, both age 7 and students of Waverly Elementary School, made Valentine’s Day bracelets and wreaths, a couple of the event’s arts and crafts. Courtney’s favorite thing about the party was making crafts while Lyla’s was decorating cookies. They have been attending this party for four years and have also attended the Comm’s Halloween Parade.
New this year, tables and chairs were arranged for parents and children to sit and eat baked goods the party had to offer. Volunteer Kim Webster from Glenburn, Lackawanna Trail junior Deena Richmond, and Scranton Prep sophomore Theresa Daly sold cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and cake pops to raise funds for the Comm.
Webster heard about this event from her friend, Kayle Cummings.
“I like how it’s geared toward kids,” she said.
Richmond has been volunteering for three years and Daly for two years.
“I think it’s fun,” Richmond said about the event.
“I think it’s a great experience for kids,” said Daly.
Maria Wilson, executive director of the Comm, also attended the event to greet the students and party goers.
“It’s a program for the community and to let area families get together and make Valentines,” she said.
Abington Heights senior Allyson Derry helps Lucy Castellani, 3, of Clarks Summit, place an ‘O’ for Valentine Tic Tac Toe as Natalie Bowen, 4, of Nicholson, waits her turn to block.
Five-year-old Jonah Green, left, of Clarks Summit, enjoys Valentine’s Day cookies with his brother Jesse, 3.
One-year-old Heidi Green, of Clarks Summit, gets icing on her face from the cookie she ate after decorating it.