Kingsford Park Community Brightens Holidays

OSWEGO – The students, staff and Home and School organization of Kingsford Park Elementary School pulled together again this year, with the gifts of several generous donors, to provide a happy holiday for 40 families in need, as part of the Annual Kingsford Park Holiday Giving Project.

A couple volunteers sit with some of the donations.
A couple volunteers sit with some of the donations.

Fifth grade students, under the guidance of their teachers, Jessica Burridge, Kelly Moxley and Roger Sprague, 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 fieldtrip as well as some wrapping paper.

Students selected gifts within budget and made the transactions themselves.

Parent volunteers helped to guide them in their decisions.

Entergy Corporation gifted grant monies to the Holiday Giving Project to help provide underwear, warm clothing for all children and food for the families involved.

Amy Sanders and the FitzPatrick engineering department (and friends) adopted families, providing a tremendous Christmas for those in need of help this year.

Kathryn Brasser, representing the generosity of Novelis, saw to it that our students received warm socks and drawstring backpacks.

Our KPS Home and School Association, led by Cory Brosch, sought food and health product donations to create plentiful food boxes and turkeys for each of the families.

Our KPS Student Council, under the guidance of Brian Steffen and MaryLynne Maxwell, held a bountiful food drive at school to supplement the boxes.

Thanks to all the KPS families who donated.

We would like to warmly thank others who so generously made donations, both monetary and in kind.

Among these are the generous parents and staff at Kingsford Park Elementary past and present, the Elks Ladies’ Auxiliary, Journey of Faith United Methodist Church Women’s Evening Torch, The Children’s Board, Mrs. B. Geiger, People Against Poverty/Newman Center , The Compass Credit Union and two incredible donors who remain anonymous.

It truly takes a community to raise a child.

Our Oswego community certainly came through, as always, this year to keep the magic in Christmas for many children.