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Hamilton schools contribute to community during holidays

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 350 gifts that will be distributed through the Sussex Food Pantry to local families.

In addition, the Willow Springs staff raised $300 to assist a family in need.

Lannon Elementary School

Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members collected 50 new hats, gloves and mittens through its Hat and Mitten Tree and donated them to Parents Place in Waukesha.

A barrel of gently-used coats and boots was donated to Sussex Outreach Services and 154 items were donated to the Sussex Food Pantry.

The school also honored veterans with a special ceremony in November and created a large handcrafted banner that was delivered to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Milwaukee.

Maple Avenue Elementary School

Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. A record total of $823.09 was raised and used to purchase items for children served by the Sussex Food Pantry. They contributed items including 49 board or card games and puzzles, 100 miscellaneous toiletries and 55 hats, gloves, mittens, socks and pairs of boots.

Maple Avenue staff members sponsored four 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 two additional families for a total of six families sponsored.

Each student in a fifth grade class was responsible to plan, organize and carry out one act of giving in November and December. Students were asked to think of a Maple Avenue staff member who had a positive impact on their life and, on their own time, meet with that adult and offer their time as a service project. Some students did one-time volunteer activities, while others returned and offered their services weekly. Some plan to continue offering their assistance throughout the year. The students completed brief write-ups that were posted above their lockers to share with others. The activity helped students appreciate the value of their time in providing service to others.

Marcy Elementary School

The entire Marcy student body made cards to send to soldiers. Students also collected candy and toiletries to ship overseas.

One kindergarten class collected food for the animal shelter. Two other classes collected mittens.

First grade is collecting food for the Sussex Food Pantry. The goal was to collect to 150 items and students have already brought in more than 450. 

A second grade class donated food to Sussex Outreach Services. During their winter party they made placemats to give to area senior centers for their holiday dinners.

Third grade made birthday bags for the food pantry filled with cake mix, candles, frosting and homemade cards from the students. 

Fourth grade classes conducted a food collection for Sussex Outreach Services.

The fifth grade collects money to support Heifer International in the month of December. The students choose which animals they would like to donate, and this sustainable gift supports families around the globe. In the past, students have donated goats, sheep, llamas, chickens, honeybees and more.

Marcy staff raised more than $500 for the Sussex Food Pantry. This money was raised through Jeans for Charity.

Woodside Elementary School

Students of Service, or SOS, teamed up with the Christmas Clearing Council, a local organization supporting underprivileged families of Waukesha County, to sponsor 13 local families. Students earned money by completing service jobs at school and at home, and used that money to purchase gifts for their family from a provided wish list. Students also wrapped gifts and created holiday cards for their family. Parent volunteers, staff members and students also helped deliver the gifts directly to the families.

Templeton Middle School

Students from 7 Gold, 7 Red, 8 Blue and grade 6 Spectrum made cards for wounded soldiers at Bethesda and Balboa hospitals.

Students and staff collected $2,500 for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program to send five veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Student Council members decorated a tree at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Student Council sponsored a joint campaign with Girl Scout Troop #2752 to collect hats, mittens and scarves for Sussex Outreach Services.

In computer class, grade 6 students wrote letters to Marines and sent non-perishable items such as soap, shampoo, gum, etc., with the letters.

Templeton staff members were involved in several activities to support families in need. They sponsored a family and provided gifts, holiday decorations and a Christmas tree. They also collected a Christmas tree, holiday lights, ornaments and holiday decorations to donate to another family. In addition, staff members coordinated a holiday campaign to collect money for the Sussex Food Pantry.

Hamilton High School

Hamilton DECA took holiday presents to first grade students in Milwaukee. They visited the first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School. Each first-grader received a gift bag from a DECA member who then spent about an hour with the first-graders, playing with their gifts and enjoying holiday refreshments.

Spanish Club adopted two Hispanic families (with seven children total) through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Students in all Spanish classes donated a total of $1,542.06 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.

Communication Arts 10 students helped the Student Council with a letter- and card-writing drive for troops in Afghanistan who are away from loved ones during the holiday season.

Hamilton School Student Council adopted two families through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Both families are single-parent households; one with three children the other with one child. Student Council members joined together to shop, and then students met to wrap the gifts. Gifts were delivered to the parent of each family by the advisor.

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.

Club Action raised $950 with Rock Fest this year and donated some of the money to Red Cross for Japanese tsunami relief efforts. The remainder of the money went to support recycling at the school. Food items for the Sussex Food Pantry were collected at Rock Fest. A book drive collected gently-used children’s books for the Next Door Foundation which provides books to Milwaukee-area children in poverty.

Freshman Seminar sponsored an 11-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County and bought items on a wish list provided by their mothers.

To help people who are less fortunate and in the spirit of the German Martin’s Day tradition, the Hamilton German Club collected more than 500 gently-worn sweaters and other clothes and donated them to Red Door Clothes, which distributes them to Waukesha County families in need.

The National Honor Society (NHS) donated 800 half-gallon bottles of 100-percent juice for needy families in the Milwaukee area. The juice and $2,000 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 several hundred dollars that day to NHS students who then forwarded those funds to the Hunger Task Force.

Hamilton Library’s “Snowflakes of Hope” program collected items for families in need. Club members of A Novel Idea Book Group, Project Caring and Caring Kids accepted donations for the Sussex Outreach Services and Project Concern in Cudahy. They donated sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, toiletries and gently-used clothing.

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.