West Genesee students give back for the holidays

At Onondaga Road Elementary School, students wrote cards and letters to service men and women. They also collected food for the Salvation Army. The PTA once again sponsored the "Caring and Compassion Holiday Project". This year they had students collect food for local food pantries and bring in gifts for residents of local nursing homes. Kindergarten students brought in mittens for their "mitten tree" for families who are spending their first winter in Central New York.

The Holiday Food Train at Split Rock Elementary School benefited the St. Joseph's Food Pantry. The Giving Tree, supported by grades 3-5, benefited Holy Family charities. Second grade students donated books to United Way Christmas Bureau, and the kindergarten students brought in hats, gloves and mittens for the Chadwick Residence.

At Stonehedge Elementary School the PTA sponsored the annual Giving Tree. Families donated gifts for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site and Van Duyn Nursing Home in Syracuse. Throughout the school, different classes did the following: wrote letters and made holiday cards for the "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program sponsored by the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes; a class voted to take the money they would normally spend on gifts for each other and donate it through the World Vision Organization to children in Haiti for food and care; students will be writing letters to Santa to drop off in Macy's "Believe" mailbox; proceeds to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation and some students made holiday cards to be sent to St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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