Students at Wilson Central School are donating needed goods to the Lockport CARES shelter with encouragement from Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Deborah Sweeney.
Sweeney started a community service project in her class last month, providing her students with a list of household, food, clothing and personal items needed by the emergency shelter and its guests (women, men and families), and asking them to chip in goods on the list.
"I think it is important to teach youth about the value of community service and helping others," Sweeney said.
The response from her FCS students was so positive, Sweeney decided to share her list with the entire middle and high school student bodies, and within days was receiving bags and boxes full of donations. Many teachers in the district offered incentives to encourage students' donations.
One vehicle load of donations was already delivered to the shelter and another one will be delivered soon, Sweeney said this week.
In the past few years, Sweeney's students have donated to Lily's Legacy and Project Linus.