On an early Sunday morning in June, students from the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Ronald McDonald Club volunteered for a Chef Guest breakfast at the Chestnut Street Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. They spent hours preparing, serving and visiting with the families that were staying there.
"The Chef Guest Breakfast provides a great opportunity for students to get together and help out families that are going through an extremely difficult time," said PWHS student and club officer Lenny Brenner.
The Chestnut Street Ronald McDonald House provides a temporary residence to 45 families who are receiving treatment for their children at one of the Philadelphia pediatric hospitals. Different Chef Guest groups volunteer to make and serve breakfast on the weekends, in addition to dinner each daily at 6 p.m.
"I've been volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House since I was ten years old, and it has a very special place in my heart," added Lenny. "The most rewarding thing was knowing that we came in and made a difference in at least one person's day, by making breakfast and talking to the wonderful families that were staying there."
The participants for the June breakfast included club officers Raquel Baskin, Lenny Brenner, Aaron Goldstein, Carter Mednick and Rachel Sterling, as well as club members Brett Fineman, Morgan Green, Jordyn Goldring and Will Pludo.
The Ronald McDonald Club is sponsored by teacher, Mr. Tom Rafferty. The students have plans to visit the Ronald McDonald House several times next year to participate in the Guest Chef program.