Southwest Schools Collect Food, Clothes For 80 Local Families
Press release by Southwest Local School District
In addition to collecting thousands of food items, students also collect winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to be donated to the Harrison Mayor’s Fund. Photo provided.
(Harrison, Oh.) – The old gym at William Henry Harrison High School was filled to capacity, almost overflowing with piles of canned goods, winter coats and clothing, and student and community volunteers. On Saturday, Dec. 16, high school students, along with their families and other helpers, distributed bags and bags of non-perishable food items to local needy residents.
This year, Southwest Local School District’s six schools collected more than 16,300 canned goods – that’s about 4 cans per student given in this annual community service project. In addition to the food items, students also collect winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to be donated to the Harrison Mayor’s Fund.
Thanks to such generosity, 80 local families each received 4 full bags of groceries, filled with staples and non-perishables. In addition, the families each were given meat products, courtesy of JTM Food Group. In total, more than 100 families were helped, as extra canned goods and clothing were shared with local pantries.
“In addition to the numerous service projects undertaken at the schools and, at times, by individual classes and student organizations, our entire student body participates in three major initiatives every year,” explains Superintendent John C. Hamstra.
The district-wide collaborations are intended to benefit the community as well as to develop in students empathy, giving back to the community, ownership and leadership. The projects help enhance the students’ social growth, a mission of Southwest Local School District.
“This is a wonderful project and holiday season tradition that ties our students to their community,” Hamstra adds. “They can see the direct correlation between their efforts and how it helps others.”
It also connects the schools with their community as many individuals bring items to the school for the collection effort. The Mayor’s Fund, together with local churches and schools, aid in the form of food, clothing, winter coats and toys to hundreds of families.