OSWEGO, NY – The students, staff and Home and School Association of Kingsford Park Elementary School pulled together again this year, with the gifts of several generous donors, to provide a happy holiday for more than 40 families in need, as part of the Annual Kingsford Park Holiday Giving Project.
Fifth grade students, under the guidance of their teachers, Jessica Burridge, Kelly Moxley and Michele Peterson, held a spell-a-thon to raise funds that were then used to purchase toys for students identified in need of assistance this year.
Wal-Mart provided buses for the shopping field trip, as well as a monetary donation.
Students selected gifts within their budget and made the transactions themselves, while parent volunteers helped to guide them in their decisions.
Entergy Corporation gifted grant monies to the project to help provide underwear and socks, warm clothing for all children and food for the families involved.
Amy Zaleski and the James A. FitzPatrick engineering department adopted families, providing a tremendous Christmas for those in need of help this year.
The KPS Home and School Association sought food and health product donations to create food boxes and turkeys for each of the families.
The KPS Student Council, under the guidance of Beth McCauley, held a food drive at school to supplement the boxes.
According to Kingsford Park School Principal Mary Volkomer, the generous donations from many people, those listed and so many more, helped to make the holiday a little brighter and a little warmer.