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 wonderful seasonal charitable pursuits of the students and staff.
At CHS, Student Council hosted a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross and 40 students, staff, and faculty members donated. Student Council is also hosting the annual Kids Night Out whereby students facilitate an array of fun activities for younger children allowing their parents time to shop or an evening out. National Honor Society held its third annual toy drive to support Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army. The Leadership Club held a clothing drive for Ware ‘n Share at the Epiphany Church. Interact Club organized a “coats for kids” drive in partnership with Colvin Cleaners, and created handmade holiday cards for residents of the Sacred Heart Home in Clarence.
CMS faculty and staff donated gifts and food for 15 needy Clarence families. The Show Choir and Sinfonietta performed at Roswell Park. Seventh graders sponsored water tanks as part of the Ugandan Water Project, raising over $16,000. The CMS Service Club visited residents at Brothers of Mercy, helping decorate trees and frost sugar cookies.
At Clarence Center, students and staff collect non-perishable goods and hygiene items for St. Luke’s Mission and the Clarence Food Pantry. The Girl Scouts stocked items for “Crafts for a Cause” and help distribute crafts to nursing homes, Meals on Wheels and the VA Hospital. Monthly donations from staff dress down days were distributed to Making Strides, Hospice, and the Lymphoma Society.
Students at Harris Hill collected backpacks and school supplies for local children in need through the Angel Project with the Clarence Youth Bureau. Harris Hill also held their annual Holiday Giving Tree, donating gifts for needy Harris Hill families. Faculty and staff held monthly fund raisers to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Cancer Research, Buffalo City Mission, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
At Ledgeview, fourth graders organized a food drive for the Clarence Food Pantry to help Clarence families. Second graders collected gently used sneakers for impoverished nations through the “GotSneakers” organization. The class also raised money to be donated for clean water areas in Africa.
Students at Sheridan Hill ran a canned food drive for the Clarence Food Pantry. A tree in the foyer was decorated with mittens and hats for local families. Fifth graders worked together to make fleece blankets for Project Linus, delivering the blankets to hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies. Fourth graders conducted “Popcorn for PJs” selling bags of popcorn to raise funds for children’s pajamas at Haven House.
Geoffrey M. Hicks, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools