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.
- Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members contributed four 33-gallon bags of clothing and 250 cans of food to the Sussex Food Pantry, 100 mittens and hats to the Hope House in Waukesha, and 200 pencils and $200 to a school in Ghana, Africa.
- Maple Avenue Elementary School buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home and contributing the money at school. A total of $475 was raised and used to purchase items for children served by the Sussex Food Pantry. Fifth-graders collected 2,200 items for the Sussex Food Pantry as part of their community service project called “Uniting Kids With Community.” Their next project is a coat and winter gear drive in January. Kindergartners made decorations for senior residents at the Wyndham House in Pewaukee. They also sang Christmas carols and spent time visiting the residents there.
- Marcy Elementary School collected more than 200 items to support both Community Memorial Hospital and the Sussex Food Pantry.
- Woodside Elementary School collected nonperishable food items at its first grade concert in November and third grade concert in December. The food items were contributed to the Sussex Food Pantry. In addition, the school filled 30 boxes with DVDs, greeting cards, drink mixes, shampoo, blankets and other personal supplies and sent them to the Army base in Afghanistan where school custodian Sgt. Mike Figueroa is stationed. The school received a call from Figueroa who reported that the troops were delighted to receive the items. Woodside’s Student Council has planned another collection that will begin Jan. 2 in which old tennis shoes will be donated to create soft-court playgrounds for underprivileged children.
- Willow Springs Learning Center students 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 items of clothing or toys that will be distributed through the Sussex Food Pantry to local families.
- The Templeton Middle School Student Council raised an astounding $9,036.52 in its schoolwide Holiday Gift Drive. Student council members purchased gifts for six families in need, supplies for a battered women’s shelter and a homeless shelter in Waukesha, and donated money to the Sussex Food Pantry and Porcupine Foundation. Family and consumer arts (FACE) and Spanish classes made 11 quilts that they will ship to Bolivian orphanages. Students also raised money through a bake sale and donations to provide scholarships to Bolivian orphans. FACE students cut and tied 30 blankets, sewed a picture and letter to each and donated them to Community Memorial Hospital for children in long-term care. FACE students also sewed 30 holiday drawstring bags and filled them with small gifts and a personal letter for residents of a local nursing home. Students raised more than $6,900 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital through a math-a-thon.
- Hamilton High School students contributed to various community groups during the holiday season. The Student Council conducted a successful food drive that generated 2,677 food items and $511.44 for the Sussex Food Pantry. The Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) chapter adopted a classroom at Milwaukee’s LaFollette Elementary School and provided 40 students with gift bags. The German Club organized its annual sweater drive and donated more than 150 sweaters to the Hebron House in Waukesha. Each of the 62 National Honor Society members donated a new toy at the December meeting which were delivered to the Women’s Center in Waukesha. The school library’s Student Advisory Panel coordinated a “Snowflakes of Hope” campaign in which hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, socks, toiletries, slippers and other items were donated to the Women’s Center in Waukesha. Pep Club and Student Council gathered 190 toys that were donated to the Salvation Army and given to children whose parents were overseas in the military. Students in freshman seminar and advisement bought gifts for children identified through Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County.
- 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 families in need of support.