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 375 gifts that will be distributed through the Sussex Food Pantry to local families.
In addition, the Willow Springs staff raised $600 to assist families in need.
Lannon Elementary School
Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members collected new hats, mittens and scarves through its Hat and Mitten Tree and a brimming barrel of new and gently-used winter clothing that were donated to Parents Place in Waukesha.
The Lannon staff adopted two families for Christmas and generously donated gifts and gift cards to help them this holiday season.
Maple Avenue Elementary School
Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. A total of $575.62 was raised and used to purchase items for children served by the Sussex Food Pantry. They contributed items including 90 board or card games, toys, crayons, and DVDs, 22 miscellaneous toiletries and 16 miscellaneous clothing items.
Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom donated $50 to the Wisconsin Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with funds raised through its “Buck a Book” program.
Maple Avenue staff members sponsored three families providing gifts, books, games, educational toys, clothing, gift cards, snacks and holiday décor for family members.
Marcy Elementary School
The entire Marcy student body made cards to send to soldiers. Students also collected toiletries to ship overseas.
Kindergarten classes are collecting items and food for the animal shelter through January. Kindergarteners also wrote cards to veterans.
First grade collected food for the Sussex Food Pantry. The goal was to collect 150 items and students have already brought in more than 250.
Second-graders made cards to deliver to the American Legion and the Ronald McDonald house.
Third grade students made blankets for needy children.
Fourth grade classes conducted a food collection for Sussex Outreach Services.
The fifth grade will be donating money toward digging wells for water in Africa based on the book, “A Long Walk to Water.”
Marcy staff raised more than $500 for the Sussex Food Pantry. This money was raised through Jeans for Charity.
Woodside Elementary School
Woodside Elementary School families and community held a very successful food drive collecting 3,741 non-perishable food items that were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry.
All kindergarten classes collected gifts for residents at a local assisted living residence. The gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party.
Kelly Flanagan’s fifth-grade and Aaron Greenwald’s fourth-grade classes prepared 100 lunches for the Repairers of the Breach Homeless Shelter in Milwaukee.
During the Thanksgiving season, “turkey baskets” were donated to families in need in Milwaukee’s Notre Dame Middle School community. Woodside students were asked to donate money they earned by doing chores at home. With the $2,220 collected, parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build 23 classroom baskets for families in the Notre Dame school neighborhood.
Templeton Middle School
Templeton student council collected and donated $1,217 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
Sixth grade computer students wrote letters to Marines and collected non-perishable items such as toiletries, hard candy and gum to send along with the letters.
Several houses of students across all grade levels wrote to injured soldiers through the Wounded Warriors program.
Templeton staff collected jars of peanut butter and jelly that were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry and adopted a family through the Christmas Clearing Council.
Hamilton High School
Hamilton Library’s “Snowflakes of Hope” program collected items for families in need. A Novel Idea Book Club accepted donations for Sussex Outreach Services and Project Concern in Cudahy. They donated sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, toiletries and gently-used clothing.
Club Action again raised money at the annual “Rock Fest” held at the Sussex Bowl. Some of this money was donated to “The Gentle Barn” which pairs rescued animals with at-risk youth to rehabilitate both. Money was also donated to former Club Action leader Alyssa Gohr in her “Run for MS” and to Hamilton math teacher Steve Akin in his “Hoops for Hope” campaign. Lastly, gently used school supplies and books were collected to benefit impoverished youth in Milwaukee. In the upcoming year the club hopes to donate money to “Avsar United,” which gives Nepalese children educational opportunities that can lift them out of poverty.
Freshman Seminar sponsored two brothers (ages 11 and 3) from Menomonee Falls through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County and bought items on a wish list provided by their mother.
German Club St. Martin’s Day Clothing Drive: There are 150 members of German Club this year who helped plan and execute this community-minded service project. Students were asked to donate gently-worn sweaters and clothing to be distributed to needy people in Waukesha County. Approximately 446 clothing articles were collected this year and donated to Red Door Clothes. Students who brought in at least four articles of clothing were rewarded with a bag of German Gummi Bears
The legend of St Martin tells of a soldier riding horseback into a small village on a cold evening when he happened upon a beggar on the side of the road who was freezing. Martin (the soldier) had no extra provisions, but wanted to help the man who was less fortunate than he. He cut his cloak in half with his sword and gave half to the freezing man. Word of Martin’s good deed spread throughout the land and eventually Martin was canonized.
Spanish Club adopted four Hispanic families (with 11 children total) through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Students in all Spanish classes donated a total of $2,000 to purchase gifts for the families including winter jackets, clothing, toys, books and gift cards. Spanish Club members wrapped the gifts and the officers delivered them to the families.
National Honor Society held a November blood drive. At this event, more than100 people donated -- enough to save more than 230 lives. Members also hosted several food drives to benefit Sussex Outreach Services the week before Thanksgiving, producing more than 1, 000 food items and close to $2,000 in donations. The “Feed the Dream” United Way initiative to benefit those in need in Waukesha County was kicked off.
Hamilton School Student Council adopted one family through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. The family is a single-parent household with four children. Student Council members joined together to shop and wrap the gifts. Gifts were delivered to the parent by the advisor and students. Student Council also sponsored the annual No Shave Novembeard campaign during November. Hamilton males pledged to go unshaven during November. Each participant obtained sponsors, usually other students, who pledged an amount for each day the young man does not shave or a flat donation at the end of the month. Proceeds were donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research. This year’s donation was made in honor of Chuck Orvold, husband of a Hamilton staff member who passed away.
Hamilton DECA members shopped for holiday presents for the first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School in Milwaukee. First graders at Gaenslen completed "All About Me" forms and Hamilton DECA members provided gift bags with at least one nice toy and other inexpensive gifts to these students. Gaenslen Elementary is located in a Milwaukee neighborhood that has one of the lowest household incomes in the state. Students at Hamilton enjoy one of the highest household incomes in the state. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA took cookies and juice, and the Hamilton students spent an afternoon Dec. 12 with the children they shopped for, reading them books, putting together their new toys, and playing with them. This has become an annual event for Hamilton DECA and is always a heart-warming experience for the students who participate. Two advisors and 25 students made the trip.
Offices A, B, C, Publications and Health Room – High school staff members adopted two families in lieu of exchanging gifts with one another providing them with many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, 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.