On a recent Friday afternoon at the Amsterdam Target, Ben Huckans disagreed with the color choice of a hoodie that his classmates picked out. Dark gray would match the pants better, he decided.
Nearby, other classmates wondered if a book about animals was age-appropriate for a four-year-old, or whether they would have enough money for a particular Lego set.
These National Junior Honor Society students weren’t shopping for themselves, rather they were picking out gifts for children in need.
This service project is rooted in an untold tradition upheld by Broadalbin-Perth faculty and staff members who purchase gifts for families in need. The district’s school counselors and social workers say staff members generously purchased gifts for at least 100 children this year. Some of the money is generated by fundraisers, but most of it comes from staff members’ own pockets.
“I have to commend the district’s staff, who are just overwhelmingly generous,” intermediate school social worker Andrea Hamill said.
Hamill said the caring nature exhibited by B-P’s staff is a combination of the district’s unique culture and the characteristics of people who work in education.
“When you work in a school, you don’t want to see kids go without,” she said. “We often think of our own children and know we wouldn’t want them to go without.”
Service projects, collections and fundraisers
The staff’s gifting initiative isn’t the only way Broadalbin-Perth gives back during the holidays. The effort is extended across the district in a variety of service projects, collections and fundraisers that benefit a wide variety of individuals, groups and organizations. For a snapshot of these initiatives, check out the “Holiday Giving Highlights” infographic and read more below.
B-P participates in Wreaths Across America
A number of high school students and staff participated in the Wreaths Across America program at Saratoga National Cemetery recently. The goal was to lay wreaths on each of the veterans’ gravestones.
“I am beyond words thankful for the support we received with the regard to this event,” Chereith Vincent said. She helped coordinate B-P’s participation in the event.
You can read more about it in this story published by the Leader-Herald.
Nutrition Club raffles wreath for grocery store gift cards
The High School Nutrition Club raffled off a giant 45” wreath. The club purchased the wreath from Goderie’s Tree Farm and decorated it before the raffle. The club used proceeds to purchase grocery store gift cards that were given to families that received gifts from B-P staff members.
Chamber Ensemble Club performs at Viaport Mall to benefit Make-A-Wish
Members of the Middle School Chamber Ensemble Club performed at Viaport Mall in Rotterdam earlier this month. Club adviser Laura Jacaruso says they raised $300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Club members are Isabella LaTour, Julia Mycek, Aiden Snyder, Owen Compani, Trenton Richmond, Alex Brown, Logan Zara, Dayton D’Addio and Kate Szumowski. Isabella Fenton and Ashley Marotta were also there to represent the National Junior Honor Society.
Third graders donate to animal shelters and collect pajamas for national campaign
The students in Mrs. Tammy Meyer’s third grade class donated pajamas to the Scholastic Bedtime Story Pajama and Book Drive, and donations were made to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter this holiday season. The students have shown how to be caring and giving.