Across the Kennett Consolidated School District, students and faculty participated in holiday service projects.
Each year, the lobby of New Garden Elementary School is transformed into a winter wonderland of giving. During the holiday season, the lobby has been home of the Mitten Tree for 20 years. This 20-year-old tradition invited students and faculty to add their donations of scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens to the tree throughout the month of December. The generous donations were then distributed to students in need. Who gives and takes from the Mitten Tree varies from year to year and is always kept confidential.
The New Garden Elementary School lobby also acts as a drop-off site for Toys for Tots and canned goods for the Kennett Food Cupboard. In fact, multiple schools in the Kennett Consolidated School District are designated donation areas for Toys for Tots. Kennett High School’s National Honor Society also arranged a donation area at the high school to collect toys for Toys for Tots.
This year, Kennett High School’s Humanitarian Club held its annual food drive to benefit Kennett Food Cupboard. The Humanitarian Club participated in many different fundraising activities. Students asked for canned good donations, sold hot cider and cocoa, held a “Pie the Teacher” contest, and walked in the March to End Hunger. Overall, the Humanitarian Club collected more than 2,000 canned goods and donated more than $500 to the Kennett Food Cupboard.
“The food drive is my favorite fundraising effort that the Humanitarian Club coordinates,” said Humanitarian Co-President Zoe Livingston. “The Kennett High School student body played a vital role in making our food drive a success.”
Over at Kennett Middle School, the student council successfully hosted their annual Student Council Canned Food Drive. Together, students in grades six through eight collected 396 cans to be donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard. There was even a friendly competition to see which grade could collect the most canned goods. The eighth grade “won” the competition, with a total of 187 cans collected. In second place, was the seventh grade class with a total of 108 cans collected, and with a close third-place finish, the sixth grade collected 101 cans.
Kennett High School continued tradition and held its annual Holiday Turkey Drive. Organized every year by social studies teacher Mr. Shawn Duffy, the Holiday Turkey Drive provided turkeys to families in need. This year, Kennett High School students and faculty collected 40 turkeys.
Holiday Helpers at Greenwood Elementary School worked together to benefit the Kennett Food Cupboard. Led by art teacher Mrs. Meghan Bergman, 20 students in third, fourth, and fifth grades met after school and created and decorated clay bowls. Making clay bowls to help the community was inspired by the internationally recognized Empty Bowls Project. This project allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls to help feed those in need. This activity infused service and teamwork, as students worked together to finish the bowls rather than working on one single bowl individually.
“It is great to see our students so enthusiastic about helping others,” stated Mrs. Bergman. “I have students asking when Holiday Helpers will meet as early as the beginning of the school year.”
The clay bowls that the Holiday Helpers and Mrs. Bergman created are now on display at the Mala Galleria in Kennett Square. Student-crafted bowls can still be purchased, and all proceeds will go to the Kennett Food Cupboard.
Bancroft Elementary School hosted their annual food drive with great success! During the months of October and November, Bancroft Elementary School’s Life Skills students collected and counted all donations. This year, Bancroft Elementary School’s families generously donated over2,000 nonperishable food items to the Kennett Food Cupboard.
Holiday spirit filled the halls of Kennett Middle School as students and faculty participated in holiday service projects benefiting Adopt-A-Family. Raising money for Adopt-A-Family helps people in need receive presents during the holidays.
Kennett Middle School’s sixth grade class held their annual Adopt-A-Family Dance in November. There was almost 100 percent participation from the students attending the dance. Special items such as glow bracelets, necklaces, and glow eyeglasses were available for purchase along with refreshments. All sixth grade teachers helped by making commercials for the morning announcements, providing the music, selling tickets, showing off their fantastic dance moves, and generating enthusiasm for this great cause. Together, Kennett Middle School students and faculty collected more than $1,500 to benefit the school’s Adopt-A-Family program.
Kennett Middle School seventh grade students and teachers participated in a friendly Jeopardy-inspired competition called, “Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grade Teacher?” to raise money for the Adopt-A-Family program. Seventh grade students donated $3 to attend the event, where both student and teacher participants were quizzed on topics ranging from pop culture to Kennett Middle School trivia. Chances to become a student contestant could be obtained by purchasing raffle tickets. Approximately 30 students participated as contestants and “Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grade Teacher?” was a success! The seventh grade class raised more than $1,000 for the school’s Adopt-A-Family program.
Kennett Middle School’s eighth grade class combined fun, fitness, and service by hosting a student-teacher volleyball game to benefit the Adopt-A-Family program. Students donated $3 to attend the volleyball game, and they also were able to purchase $1 raffle tickets giving them a chance to win a spot on the student team. Students and faculty were not only serving volleyballs, but they were also serving their community! Together, the eighth grade class raised $1,200 for the school’s Adopt-A-Family program.
Members of the Kennett Middle School’s Student Council also coordinated a school wide Christmas card-making activity. Students and faculty were invited to design and decorate Christmas cards that were delivered to local nursing homes, including Friends Home in Kennett, Brandywine Senior Living at Longwood, and Kendal-Crosslands in Kennett Square. The Student Council estimated that 800-1,000 Christmas cards were sent this holiday season. What a wonderful way to bring holiday cheer to the community!
This year, students at New Garden Elementary School decorated and wrote letters to United States troops stationed overseas. When special education teacher Ms. Felicine Oakes heard that some troops in her nephew’s unit were not getting letters from home, she wanted to help. Students from first grade teacher Ms. Lisa Tash and learning support teacher Ms. Christine Doubet’s classes decorated cards for the holidays using stickers and pictures from recycled holiday cards. The students wrote heartwarming messages such as “Thank you for protecting our country” and “Happy Holidays, hope you come home soon!” Some students even opted to ask the troops questions such as “Do you have a bow and arrows?” This, with no doubt, brought smiles to the troop’s faces. With help of New Garden Elementary School students, the troops received the cards filled with holiday cheer.
During the month of December, Bancroft Elementary School hosted a Pajama Drive with hopes of bringing comfort to all of those in need. Bancroft Elementary School collected 200 pairs of new pajamas, in all sizes, that were donated to the United Way and local shelters. To culminate the Pajama Drive, Bancroft Elementary School students participated in a Pajama Day, where students wore their pajamas to school on the last day before holiday break.
This year, New Garden Elementary School students and their teacher, Mr. Tim Haddigan, donated blankets to children in need. Together, Mr. Haddigan and his fourth and fifth grade students made no-sew blankets that were donated to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Thanks to their hard work, Mr. Haddigan and his students provided much needed comfort for children in need during this holiday season.
In November, members of Kennett High School’s National Honor Society volunteered to serve veterans at the American Legion Post. Together, the students represented Kennett High School as they set up tables, prepared and served food, and washed dishes.
Kennett High School’s National Honor Society also hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive this month. Each year, the National Honor Society hosts two annual Red Cross Blood Drives, one in the winter and one in the spring. During this event, students and teachers volunteered to donate blood, helping not only the Red Cross but many people around the country. This year, seniors Julie Dates, Alex Mark, and Zoe Livingston were responsible for organizing volunteers and signing up students who wanted to donate blood.
“The students do a great job organizing and running the blood drive,” said Dr. Alicia Tamargo, math teacher and National Honor Society advisor. “I am proud of their dedication and enthusiasm to help the community.”
This is the 16th year the National Honor Society has held a Red Cross Blood Drive.
The Kennett Consolidated School District would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and families that continue to support the District’s efforts to help the community. The holiday service projects held this year are a true testament to the Kennett Consolidated School District’s mission of fostering an ongoing collaboration among students, families, staff, and the community.