OSWEGO, NY – 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.
Third and fifth grade students, under the guidance of their teachers: Denise Fayette, Allison Peer, Stephanie Auyer, Jessica Burridge and Kelly Moxley 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.
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 NPP Engineering Department (and friends) adopted families, providing a tremendous Christmas for those in need of help this year.
Our KPS Home and School Association, led by Cory Brosch, sought food and health product donations to create food boxes and turkeys for each of the families.
KPS Student Council, under the guidance of Fayette, held a food drive at school to supplement the boxes.
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 Lake City Police Club, the Elks Ladies’ Auxiliary, Mrs. K. Nyman, Ms. Missy Clary and fiends, the United Methodist Church Evening Torch, Mrs. B. Geiger, People Against Poverty/Newman Center, Dr. Hines, the Compass Credit Union and another donor who remains 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.