Hamilton School District students, staff and families showed appreciation for the needs of others during the holidays by contributing to charitable organizations and extending acts of kindness within the community and beyond. Following is a summary of activities at each school.
Willow Springs Learning Center
Willow Springs Learning Center four-year-old kindergartners and their families contributed generously to the Sussex Food Pantry this holiday season. They participated in a service project, “Making Wishes Come True,” that resulted in more than 400 gifts that will be distributed through the Sussex Food Pantry to local families.
In addition, the Willow Springs staff adopted four families for Christmas and donated items to provide a merry Christmas.
Lannon Elementary School
Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members contributed 75 new hats, gloves and mittens to Parents Place in Waukesha.
Students created decorated grocery bags donated by Piggly Wiggly to be used at the Sussex Food Pantry.
Lannon staff members provided holiday gifts and necessities for several needy area citizens this holiday season.
Maple Avenue Elementary School
Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders, through their Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) program, sponsored the schoolwide Food for Families drive in November. More than 700 non-perishable food items were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry.
The Veterans Day Committee worked with students to make personalized cards for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas showing support and appreciation for their service to our country.
Buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. A total of $747.55 was raised and used to purchase items for children served by the Sussex Food Pantry. They contributed items, including 42 board or card games, 37 miscellaneous toiletries and 33 hats, gloves, mittens and socks.
Maple Avenue staff members sponsored two families providing gifts, books, games, educational toys, clothing, gift cards, snacks and holiday décor for family members. Also, school staff worked with Kohl’s department stores corporate offices to sponsor four additional families for a total of six families sponsored.
Marcy Elementary School
Marcy Elementary School staff raised money for two families that had house fires. The money was used to purchase food while the houses were being repaired.
The entire Marcy student body made cards to send to soldiers. Students also collected candy and toiletries to ship overseas.
Kindergarten classes made “Welcome” cards and gave them to the Ronald McDonald House for children who arrive at the house with their families.
First grade made holiday cards for the Sussex Outreach Center. Another class is filling a bank with money to donate to a charity.
Third grade collected food items for the Sussex Food Pantry. Cards were made for an area nursing home. One class made treat bags for animals at the Elmbrook Humane society.
A fourth grade class collected gloves and mittens to donate to the Women’s Center in Waukesha.
Fifth grade students collected money for the Heifer Foundation. They raised enough money to buys animals for families in Africa.
Another class is collecting money to donate to the Sussex Food Pantry.
Woodside Elementary School
Woodside’s Health and Wellness Committee hosted its annual Turkey Trot with admission being a non-perishable food item for the Sussex Food Pantry.
Woodside's Students of Service (SOS) conducted a recycling rummage using donated items from many generous Woodside families. Proceeds from the event went to support Special Olympics. A Special Olympics representative presented information about the organization and the programs it supports at the event and to the entire fourth grade.
Woodside staff members sponsored two families providing them with gifts, books, games, educational toys, clothing, gift cards and cosmetics.
Woodside special education students sold holiday necklaces to staff, students and parents with proceeds used to purchase food and hygiene products for the Sussex Food Pantry.
First and third grade students and their families, in November and December respectively, donated items for the Sussex Food Pantry at their music programs.
A fourth grade classroom collected money for the food pantry, made 100 lunches for the homeless and made holiday cards for nursing home residents.
A fifth grade class earned contributions for Toys for Tots and St. Jude’s Hospital in December.
Templeton Middle School
Computer classes and communication arts classes wrote letters to Marines and sent get well cards that will be distributed to wounded Marines.
Templeton Student Council raised $350 for turkeys for the Sussex Food Pantry, sold glow necklaces and bracelets at the December dance to raise money to purchase gift certificates and presents for local families in need, and held a “ugly sweater” collection to recycle into hats and mittens for those in need.
Templeton staff raised money to buy presents for a family identified by the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council
Hamilton High School
Hamilton DECA – In addition to its ongoing fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and local community service activities, the Hamilton DECA Chapter chose to support Lafollette Elementary School in Milwaukee. DECA members visited Lafollette second grade students to brighten up their holiday season. Every Lafollette second-grader was paired with one or two students from Hamilton who traveled to their school bearing gifts for the children as well as cookies and juice. After spending about an hour with the second-graders, Hamilton DECA members came back to their school with many stories. It was an eye-opening experience, a tradition the chapter plans to continue.
The National Honor Society (NHS) donated nearly 880 half-gallon bottles of 100% juice for needy families in the Milwaukee area. The juice and funds collected went to support the Hunger Task Force. NHS members then went to the Hunger Task Force to help them with their day-before-Thanksgiving HOG Food Drive, sponsored by the HOG radio station. More than two dozen students spent the day unloading approximately 25,000 pounds of donated food from cars and trucks. Because people were in the spirit of giving, they also donated nearly $900 on that day to NHS students who then forwarded those funds to the Hunger Task Force.
Freshman Seminar class sponsored a five-year-old boy through the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council and raised money to buy items on a wish list that the boy’s mother provided. Students also brought in toys and clothes they purchased themselves. Students delivered more than two dozen gifts for the boy.
Hamilton School Student Council adopted a family through Waukesha County Clearinghouse. The family consisted of both parents and four children. Student Council members gathered after school to shop, and then students met to wrap the gifts. Two Student Council members and their advisor delivered to gifts to the family.
Spanish Club adopted two Hispanic families (with seven children total) through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha. Students in all Spanish classes donated a total of $688 to purchase gifts for the families including winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Spanish Club members wrapped the gifts and delivered them to the families.
Hamilton Library’s “Snowflakes of Hope” program collected items for families in need. A Novel Idea Book Group and Caring Kids accepted donations for the Sussex Outreach Services and Project Concern in Cudahy. They donated sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens and toiletries, and gently used clothing.
Sophomores in John Washbush’s advisement period, supported by sociology students in Misti Swanson’s class, focused their efforts on homeless people. As an interpretation of the school’s door-decorating contest theme, “It’s Chilly Outside,” the sophomores decorated their door with pictures of homeless people and statistics about homelessness and poverty in the U.S. and Milwaukee. The decorations also invited people who saw the door to donate hats, mittens, gloves and clothing. Students, especially those studying homelessness in sociology class, collected nearly 200 items of clothing, including jeans, sweatshirts, jackets, hats and mittens, and shoes. The clothes were distributed through Red Door Clothes, a free clothing distribution in Milwaukee's central city.
Offices A, B, C, Publications and Health Room – High school staff members adopted two families providing them with many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift cards for families in need.
District staff members
Staff members throughout the district adopted families in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another. They provided gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift certificates for numerous families in need of support.