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MONTAGUE — Two senior high school students anxious to ladle out the soup for those in need are finding a plethora of open doors.
“We want to do something to help our community,’’ said Alyssa Ferguson, who made the presentation to town council Tuesday night.
Along with fellow student Michael Ferguson (no relation), the pair want to join forces with local churches and service clubs to host a soup kitchen on a once-a-month basis to provide a hot meal and baked goods to those in need. The pair was inspired after attending the recent Canadian Student Leadership Conference staged last month at their high school.
“We don’t have a lot of homeless people in the streets….what about people who may want to come and pay as a way of helping?” asked Deputy Mayor David Mabon.
The students said the goal was to create hospitable surroundings “with Graphics and Guardians” for people to read while relaxing and socializing. Donations for hot soup could easily be accepted if necessary. They also insisted “homemade” soup would be the priority.
“We want to do everything we can to make this work,’’ said Michael.
The students welcome public input, have a tentative site, and have been encouraged to contact the Rotary Club and involve all 12 churches in the community to host the event once a month.
They also told council that when they depart high school for higher learning, they would hand over the operation to younger students at Montague Regional High School already willing to take over.
Mayor Richard Collins praised the initiative and expected the town council and service clubs would be anxious to volunteer and assist.
The students are spreading the word on their project and by January, hope to ladle out the soup.