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STAFF PHOTO/BROOKE WILLIAMS Officers for the Class of 2023 Steering Committee include, from left, social chair Nick DeMarco, president Cole Stauffer, secretary Emma Elias and vice president Hannah Aitken. Missing from the photo is treasurer Zak Keiser.

At Tunkhannock Area High School, the class of 2023 hopes to set a precedent in leadership for future students through steering.

“We all wanted to do something for the grade,” said Cole Stauffer, president of the Class of 2023 Steering Committee.

“I think it was just important to make sure that we have a good senior year,” echoed vice president Hannah Aitken.

Steering committees work together throughout their time in high school to raise money for their respective classes, gaining leadership skills and serving their communities along the way.

“I think that a lot of our steering committees have three goals, one being service to the class in regard to raising money for prom, graduation activities and field trips, and one being service for the community,” explained class of 2023 steering advisor Katie Wisnosky. “The third being service to the school, where we try to instill a sense of spirit within the classes.”

The class of 2023 has been preparing to host one of its main fundraisers of the year, a cookie walk in the high school cafeteria on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cookie walk fundraiser was a success for the committee last year, which hopes to achieve even better results this time around.

“This year we have a lot more kids in steering than last year, so we’re hoping we can make more cookies and have more people come out,” said social chair Nick DeMarco.

The group got the idea from the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, which also holds a cookie walk around Christmas.

The community can come grab a variety of Christmas cookies at $6 per container.

From 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the class welcomes cookie donations at the high school cafeteria. The class can also be found Christmas caroling around Tunkhannock on Dec. 23.

Throughout the year, the steering committee holds a variety of fundraisers, including a food truck festival and a pool party, just to name a few.

“It feels important because the people in our grade are the ones who elect us and we should give something back,” Stauffer said.

The public can also look for upcoming events and fundraisers from other steering committees in the Tunkhannock Area School District.

Class of 2020: The seniors have concluded their major fundraising efforts and plan to focus on activities such as prom and graduation after Christmas break. This February, the class plans to sponsor a Valentine’s Day dance for special needs students in the school district.

Class of 2021: From 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 23, juniors will sing Christmas carols at downtown Tunkhannock homes and businesses at no cost. The class also hosts its designer purse and money bingo event on March 28 in the TAHS cafeteria with doors opening at 11 a.m. No tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Email for a caroling request or bingo tickets.

Class of 2022: In February, the sophomores will begin selling tickets for their March raffle, which picks a winner each day of the month for a variety of prizes. A movie night has also been tentatively set for May 22 on the football field, with more details to be announced.

Class of 2024: The eighth graders have A Night at the Races planned for April 4 at Shadowbrook Resort, as well as an eighth grade dance at Triton Hose Company on April 15.