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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 extending acts of kindness, sponsoring families in need and contributing to charitable organizations. Following is a summary of activities at each school.

Willow Springs Learning Center
Students and families donated more than 300 toys and clothing items that will be distributed to families in need through Sussex Outreach Services (SOS) Food Pantry. For each item donated a link was added to a colorful paper chain that decorated the school’s hall and front lobby.

During the first week of their fall food drive, students were challenged to bring specific food items each day, such as “Meaty Monday” and “Toilet Paper Tuesday.” The second week, they turned in items by color. Students enjoyed sharing their donations and watching the collection grow. More than 1,200 pounds of food and toiletry items were delivered to the food pantry.

Lannon Elementary School
Lannon students and staff donated hundreds of toys to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin through their holiday toy drive.

Lannon students wrote letters to veterans – some delivered directly and others shared with the Milwaukee Veterans’ Administration Medical Center. Students also wrote letters as part of Macy’s Believe program with $1 donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation for each student letter submitted.

Keeping with tradition, Lannon students decorated more than 200 grocery bags provided by Sussex Piggly Wiggly. The decorated bags were donated to SOS Food Pantry to be used for its Christmas Dinner distribution.

Maple Avenue Elementary School
Maple Avenue staff sponsored a Sussex area family and generously donated food, toys, games, books, kitchen supplies, clothing, toiletries, a Christmas tree, ornaments and other gift cards to help them this holiday season. In addition, students and staff will be hosting a food drive in January to help replenish the food pantry after the holidays.

Marcy Elementary School
Marcy students and staff collected 600 food items for SOS Food Pantry and 150 toys for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as part of a joint art, fitness education and technology project.

Woodside Elementary School
Woodside first grade families brought items to their November music program for the SOS Food Pantry. Third grade families brought items to donate to their music program in December.

Woodside Elementary hosted a toy drive for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The 250 gifts collected are given to patients during the holidays.

Silver Spring Intermediate School
Silver Spring Student Council filled 85 stockings with donated items for the children of Hephatha Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and raised nearly $500 for Nanna’s Babies.

Templeton Middle School
Templeton Student Council raised $220 for Bob’s Under the Bridge by hosting a Hat Day. Templeton students who purchased a sticker for $1 could wear a hat at school on Hat Day. Students and staff also collected new winter hats to donate to Bob’s Under the Bridge.

Templeton Student Council donated $175 and collected 694 pairs of socks during a sock drive competition between Grades 7 and 8 benefiting SOS Food Pantry.

DECA and Templeton Robotics organized a toy drive for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Templeton DECA members also collected 267 cans of food for SOS Food Pantry.

Hamilton High School
Charger Marching Band collected 1,008 pounds of food and supplies to benefit SOS Food Pantry.

Club Action collected 221 pounds of food donations within school and at one home football game for SOS Food Pantry. The club continues to provide small business loans to applicants in developing countries through Kiva.org.

Hamilton DECA organized a toy drive to benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Toys were collected at the high school and Sussex Pick ‘n Save.

DECA members visited Eighty-First Street School in Milwaukee Dec. 17 where they spent the day celebrating the holiday with a fourth grade class. DECA members provided each student with personalized gifts and snacks.

Hamilton German Club collected new and gently used clothing and hosted a coin drive to be donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Hamilton HOSA-Future Healthcare Professionals sold Pura Vida bracelets and HOSA stickers during December to raise money for HOSA’s national Be The Match service project. HOSA members also hosted a cookie decorating party to support Be The Match.

Junior Optimist International Club members, with help from Club Action, packed 80 shoe boxes that were shipped to children in South America and Africa. Operation Christmas Child, a project of international relief agency Samaritan’s Purse, provides children with shoe boxes filled with clothing, school supplies, hygiene products and toys.

National Honor Society (NHS) collected 3,472 pounds of food and $3,820 in monetary donations for SOS Food Pantry. Its members also collected 15 boxes of snacks and $300 for Hamilton’s Caring Closet and adopted five district families for the holidays.

Spanish Club hosted a toy drive for Waukesha Christmas Clearing Council. Toys, blankets, winter clothing and craft items were collected by Spanish teachers. They purchased additional toys with money donations.

Student Council worked with Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council to adopt a family with four children. Student Council members shopped in small groups to choose gifts for the children. Gifts were wrapped and delivered to the family in time for the holidays.

Earth and Space, and AP Environmental Science classes raised money for Water.org to bring awareness to the 2 billion people without adequate sanitation and safe water supplies. This organization brings safe water directly to homes for families in need so they can wash their hands and don’t have to leave their homes to collect water.

High school office and publications – High school staff members adopted a family providing many items to brighten their holidays including wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, personal items, household goods and gift cards.

High school staff members contributed more than $800 this school year to local organizations through their Staff Sunshine Club and Denim Days.

District staff members
District office staff members adopted a family in lieu of exchanging gifts. They provided wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift cards.