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 gently used clothing and boots and 273 cans of food to the Sussex Food Pantry. They also donated 90 new hats, gloves and mittens to the Parents Place in Waukesha.
- Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders , through their Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) program, sponsored a Warm and Fuzzy Drive that provided 444 outdoor winter items for Sussex Outreach Services. Students and families donated 128 coats, 108 hats, 35 scarves, 103 gloves and mittens, 26 pairs of boots and 44 snow pants. Buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home and contributing the money at school. A total of $342.64 was raised and used to purchase items for children served by the Sussex Food Pantry. They contributed 76 items including 26 pairs of shoes, seven sports balls, 10 bubble baths, 12 packages of underwear, gloves and hats, lip gloss, nail polish, bath supplies, board games, card games. Maple Avenue staff members sponsored three families providing gifts, books, games, educational toys, clothing, gift cards, snacks, holiday dÃ©cor and lotion for the family members.
- Marcy Elementary School collected 15 to 20 bags of gift items for “The Second Giving” campaign that benefited Milwaukee area churches. Contributions included new or gently used items such as toys, games and personal items.
- Woodside Elementary School Student Council organized a schoolwide effort to adopt three families for Christmas. Specific information about the family members’ needs were shared. Students provided generously for their adopted families. Student Council members met before school to wrap gifts that were delivered to the families in time for Christmas. In addition, Woodside fourth-graders adopted second-, third- and fourth-graders from Wind Lake Elementary School. Each student was given a wrapped gift from the Woodside students.
- 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 organized a annual Holiday Gift Drive in December that was a huge success. The school raised $7,300 to help those in need this holiday season. Donations are being made to the Porcupine Foundation to help disadvantaged youth attend summer camp, the Women’s Center of Waukesha to aid abused women and children, the Hebron House of Waukesha to assist those who are homeless, and the Sussex Food Pantry. Student Council members also purchased Christmas gifts for a Sussex area family.
- Hamilton High School students contributed to various community groups during the holiday season. Students in the Freshman Seminar sponsored a little girl through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Working off of a wish list that the girl’s mother provided, the students signed up to provide gifts. They provided her with an assortment of gifts including clothes, picture books and art supplies. 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. The German Club also sponsored a sweater drive during winter. High school office staff members adopted two local families and provided gifts to brighten their holidays.
- 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.