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 Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) this holiday season. Families and staff collected 300 gifts, and students hand delivered them as a group to St. James Catholic Church where they sang songs before returning to school. The toys and gifts will be distributed within the local community.
Lannon Elementary School
Lannon Elementary School students, families and staff members collected a brimming barrel of 112 pairs of socks, 28 slippers, 33 hats and 62 children’s new under garments. In addition, 326 boxes of macaroni and cheese and 85 canned goods were donated to SOS for holiday needs.
Lannon staff sponsored a family for Christmas through SOS and generously donated gifts and gift cards to help them this holiday season.
Students decorated 290 paper grocery bags donated by Sussex Piggly Wiggly to be used at the Sussex Food Pantry Christmas dinner distribution.
Maple Avenue Elementary School
Maple Avenue fifth grade students, through their Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) program, sponsored a food drive. Maple Avenue students collected more than 700 non-perishable healthy foods and snacks to be donated to the Sussex Food Pantry.
Maple Avenue buddy classes in first and third grades earned money by doing extra work at home. They raised $630 to purchase 125 books for all ages and reading levels that families could enjoy during the holiday season. All books were donated to SOS.
Maple Avenue staff members sponsored a family through SOS and provided gifts, books, games, educational toys, arts and crafts, clothing, gift cards, meal items, snacks and holiday décor.
Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom is collecting money for a charitable organization as part of its “Buck a Book” program.
Marcy Elementary School
Marcy students collected more than $750 during Veteran’s Day week to purchase a bench for the Templeton Middle School veterans’ memorial. The bench from Marcy will say “Welcome home. Thank you for your service.”
Marcy Parent Teacher Organization raised more than $8,000 during the Marcy Fun Run to give to area charities. Funds were donated to Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS), Honor Flights, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund and Children’s Hospital.
Kindergarten classes raised money for the HAWS.
First grade students made blankets and collected food for HAWS. In addition, they held a food drive for Sussex Food Pantry.
Second-graders collected books for a kindergarten class in Milwaukee and made treat bags for the Ronald McDonald House
Fourth grade classes donated toys, food and home goods to the Ronald McDonald House, collected items for HAWS and made placemats for Milwaukee’s Community Projects for Seniors meal program.
Fifth grade classes collected 653 items for the Sussex Food Pantry.
Woodside Elementary School
Woodside’s Students of Service (SOS) Club made toys and fleece blankets for the cats at HAWS.
Kindergartners in Peter Dargatz’s class collected tickets for classroom tasks in their “wants and needs” unit. Tickets will be turned in for items the students want and donated to patients in need at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Kindergarten classes delivered gifts for 75 residents at Serenity Village, an assisted living residence in Slinger. As part of the Kindergarten Service Project, students and their families signed up to provide gifts for individuals at the facility. The gifts were distributed at the residents’ holiday party.
Woodside first grade and third grade families brought donations for the Sussex Food Pantry to their holiday music performances.
Woodside families and staff members collected more than $2,275 before Thanksgiving to create turkey baskets filled with groceries for 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. Parent volunteers shopped for groceries to build the baskets. Items included a frozen turkey, bag of stuffing, jar of gravy, white and sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, bread, canned cranberries, a fresh pie, beverages, appetizers such as crackers and nuts, along with an aluminum roasting pan. All of the items were put into a large sturdy laundry basket and delivered to families.
Templeton Middle School
Templeton employees donated money to be able to wear jeans to school for one day. A total of $180 was raised for the Sussex Food Pantry.
Student Council collected pajamas for the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive through Scholastic Reading Program. Scholastic will pair the pajamas with a book to give to children in need.
The sixth grade Blue House, under the concept of giving and appreciation, collected for the Templeton Pajama Drive, Toys for Tots and Sussex Food Pantry drive as well as donating gently used books for children.
Hamilton High School
Club Action raised money by hosting “Rock Fest” at Sussex Bowl. All proceeds were donated to Make-A-Wish foundation in honor of Isaac Steven Krill. In addition, the club collected gently used school supplies during locker cleanout which were donated to Hope Center of Waukesha.
Charger Robotics Team 537 held monthly drives for nonperishable food and personal care items to support SOS. Team members, parent and mentors contribute to this ongoing community service project. The December drive accented the needs of the holiday season.
German Club St. Martin’s Day Clothing Drive: To help people who are less fortunate and in the spirit of the German St. Martin’s Day tradition, the Hamilton German Club collected 750 articles of clothing, jackets and shoes. Items were donated to Red Door Clothes to be distributed to Waukesha families in need.
German Club hosted a clubwide coin drive. A total of $500 was collected and used to sponsor five children through Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. German Club members shopped, wrapped and delivered gifts to the families. Gifts included snow pants, gloves, hats, socks, clothes and toys.
Spanish Club adopted five Hispanic families with 14 children total through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Students in all Spanish classes donated a total of $1,700 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.
Hamilton Cantabile and Concert Choirs sponsored a food drive for the Sussex Food Pantry. The drive was promoted in class as well as at their fall concert. Together the choirs contributed nearly 500 items to the Sussex Food Pantry in time for Thanksgiving.
In addition, Hamilton choir members spread cheer by caroling at the Power Test Company tree-lighting ceremony, Milwaukee’s Third Ward tree-lighting ceremony and Hamilton Education Foundation Charger Challenge: Holiday Edition.
National Honor Society (NHS) held a community blood drive serving the Blood Center of Wisconsin. More than 100 pints of blood were donated — enough to save 312 lives. Members also hosted several food drives to benefit SOS the week before Thanksgiving, producing more than 1,200 pounds of food and $1,800 in donations. NHS sponsored two families through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County and donated 60 gifts collectively. NHS members assisted at the YMCA Breakfast with Santa and Hamilton Education Foundation Charger Challenge: Holiday Edition. Students are gathering items for cancer comfort totes which will be distributed to local hospitals for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Hamilton School Student Council adopted four children through the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Student Council members joined together to shop and wrap the gifts. Student Council also completed a Spirit of Giving initiative in the community and school. Members randomly selected students from all four grade levels and distributed $5 gift cards. In addition, members visited local stores to do the same wishing members of the public happy holidays.
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. Several of the first grade students are homeless. In addition to delivering presents, Hamilton DECA took cookies and juice, and the Hamilton students spent an afternoon Dec. 16 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. The advisor and 28 students made the trip.
Hamilton Charger football team members teamed up with Hamilton cheerleaders to host a food drive at the Dec. 22 basketball game for the Sussex Food Pantry. During the Christmas season, team members volunteered at the Charger Challenge: Holiday Edition and shared cookies and carols with the residents of the Sterling House in Sussex.
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 wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift certificates for numerous families in need of support.