Weekly Feature



2017-12-27 / Education

Charitable acts a theme for Clarence School District

GEOFFREY M. HICKS
Clarence School Superintendent

The holiday season provides a perfect time to pause and count our blessings. It is also a time to let our community know about the seasonal charitable pursuits of the students and staff in the district. I will take this space to compliment and recognize those individuals who would never do so themselves.

At CHS, the Interact Club performed 50 random acts of kindness throughout the community with $50 donations from the Clarence Rotary Club. The Interact Club also created 120 holiday cards for Brothers of Mercy patients. The Student Council sponsored this year’s Red Cross Blood Drive and will hold the annual Sleepout for the Homeless in early February. The Sleepout is hoping to pass $500,000 in total donations through the years it has been in existence. SADD students raised $500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the Light the Night Walk. The National Art Honor Society raised $1,200 for the Clarence Food Pantry with its annual art auction, and the Art Partners held a painting workshop for community members at the Clarence Senior Center. The Future Teachers Club donated more than 600 winter coats, hats and mittens for the Wear and Share Program at the Epiphany United Church of Christ.

The middle school faculty and staff held their 12 Days of Giving campaign, collecting food, gifts and frozen turkeys for Clarence families in need. Teachers work in coordination with Upstate Milk, Kreher’s Egg Farm and the Clarence Youth Bureau to fund the food drive. Boxes with food and donated gifts are delivered to these Clarence families the week before Christmas.

At Clarence Center Elementary, the fifth grade worked at St. Luke’s to package 2,500 Thanksgiving donation bags for the community. Students also designed gift cards for Honor Flight members and local veterans.

The faculty, staff and students at Harris Hill Elementary held their annual Holiday Giving Tree, donating gifts for needy Harris Hill families. Harris Hill held the inaugural Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony, and students created cards for the Holiday Mail for Veterans Program. The faculty held dress down days to benefit Unyts, the Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association, the Buffalo City Mission and Shriners Hospital.

At Ledgeview Elementary, fourth-graders collected school supplies and winter clothing for the Buffalo City Mission and Cornerstone Manor and also created 125 grocery bags for Thanksgiving meals. Sarah Szymanski’s class donated gifts and holiday cards for community members and put together “blessing bags” for the Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo.

Fifth-grade students at Sheridan

Hill Elementary participated in the Linus Project, creating fleece blankets for Children’s Hospital and local homeless shelters. Sheridan Hill faculty also donated gifts for local families through their annual Holiday Giving Tree and Secret Santa programs.

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