West Genesee students give back for the holidays

Many community charities have benefited from the generosity of West Genesee students during the holiday season and throughout the school year.

At the High School, the Student Council collected food items for a local food pantry at the holiday semi-formal dance. Jerry Crossett's mathematics classes participated in the Toys for Tots program again this year.

The West Genesee R-Squared Club started and continues to collect blankets for babies in Pakistan and will be sending them in February.

At Camillus Middle School, the Student Council donated over 1,800 food items to the Salvation Army and they also sold donuts with the proceeds going to local animal shelters along with pet supplies that were collected at the first dance. Money was also collected by students and staff of the 7/8M team for the purchase of a "snowball" to decorate and "throw" at Sammy the Snowman, with the proceeds going to Make-a-Wish.

At West Genesee Middle School, Student Council members held a Food Drive for the Salvation Army. Barrels were dropped off and then picked up by the 174th Fighter Wing. The school community collected over 2,000 food items for donation.

Student Council also sponsored "Hat Day" in which students and faculty contributed $1.00 each to be able to wear a hat for the day in school and a candy cane sale to purchase needed items for Vera House, the Christmas Bureau of Syracuse, and two needy families from our District.

East Hill Elementary School held a food drive for the Salvation Army again this year. The PTA adopted six families for the holidays. Students brought in food, gifts, and loose change that went toward the purchase of presents for families in need. Students in many classes sent letters and cards to men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Letters for the Make-a-Wish Foundation were written in one class, and another class collected donations to help out families through Heifer International.

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