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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. Below is a summary of activities at each school.

Willow Springs Learning Center
Students and families donated approximately 400 toys and clothing items that will be distributed through Sussex Outreach Services (SOS). A link was added for each item donated to a colorful paper chain in the school’s hall and front lobby. (photo)

During their fall food drive, students were challenged to bring specific food items, such as “Meaty Monday” and “Toilet Paper Tuesday.” Students also turned in items by color. More than 1,000 pounds of food and toiletry items were delivered to SOS.

Lannon Elementary School
Students and staff sponsored a Sussex area family and donated hundreds of toys to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin through their holiday toy drive. (photo)

Keeping with tradition, Lannon students decorated more than 300 grocery bags provided by Sussex Piggly Wiggly. The decorated bags were donated to SOS to be used for its Christmas Dinner distribution. (photo)

Maple Avenue Elementary School
Students collected new kid friendly blankets, stuffed animals and Squishmallows to provide “Snuggles for Sussex.” Items will be donated to SOS. (photo)

Staff is supporting a Maple Avenue family whose student was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. They donated money, cozy socks, slippers, toiletries and a special blanket from the Bear Class.

Marcy Elementary School
Second grade students collected socks, the most needed but least donated item, for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Fourth grade students continued their annual tradition of collecting food for SOS.

Woodside Elementary School
First and third grade families brought food donations for SOS to student music programs.

Silver Spring Intermediate School
Student Council collected more than 2,300 food items during their school-wide “food war” for SOS. They held a hot chocolate sale to benefit Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge. (photo)

Staff adopted a District family by donating gifts for the holiday.

Templeton Middle School
Student Council sponsored a 4K classroom at Rogers Street Academy in Milwaukee. Each 4K student received a new coat, new hat, new shoes, books, toys, school supplies and a stocking filled with treats. TMS students visited the 4K class to hand deliver the items. (photo)

Students made a $1 donation to wear hats at school. This was a fundraiser for Heavenly Hats Foundation.

Templeton Robotics along with Student Council organized a toy drive benefiting Roger’s Behavioral Health.

Staff adopted a District family by donating gifts for the holiday.

Hamilton High School
Club Action collected winter coats, food and monetary donations to benefit SOS. Pet supplies and monetary donations were collected for the Human Animal Welfare Society (HAWS). Members also made blankets and snuffle mats for HAWS. Members collected donations and worked home basketball game concessions to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House. The club also continues to provide small business loans to applicants in developing countries through Kiva. (photo)

Hamilton DECA organized a toy drive to benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. DECA members also visited a first grade class at Gaenslen Elementary School in Milwaukee, providing students with personalized gifts and snacks. (photo)

Junior Optimist International Club collected numerous toys, school supplies, books, holiday cards and personal care items to be shipped to families around the world.

National Honor Society collected 1,403 pounds of food and more than $2,200 for SOS. They hosted a blood drive and adopted a district family for the holidays.

Spanish Club raised money for Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council and donated gifts to two Spanish speaking families. In addition, holiday cards were made for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Amplify Hamilton raised $500 for Hebron Housing Services.

Club Unique donated $100 to a local student diagnosed with a serious medical condition.

Hamilton Student Council worked with Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council to adopt four children from three families. Gifts were wrapped and delivered to the families in time for the holidays.

Honors Biology students sent handmade cards, snowflakes and ornaments to those impacted by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Fla.

Staff used Denim Days to raise more than $700 for the Sunshine Club, Caring Closet and Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin.

High school and District staff worked with the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council to adopt a family. They provided wrapped gifts of toys, games, clothing, food, personal items, household goods and gift cards.