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Students Participate in the United Way Day of Caring

united way day of caring, students donate food

During the month of September, students at Randall and Virgil Elementary Schools brought in non-perishable food items for the annual United Way Day of Caring, which was held on September 26, 2018.

Melissa Holl’s third grade class was the leader of the campaign at Randall Elementary School. Melissa’s students talked to the entire student body in an all school morning meeting and encouraged students to bring food in. With their encouragement, each class at Randall Elementary reached their goal of bringing in 15 food items. Melissa said, “I feel the United Way Day of Caring helps the students become leaders. They have learned how to put others first, speak in front of others, and come together or synergize for a cause that matters. The students are so excited that we exceeded their school wide goal of 210 items- we collected 394 items! My class also helped unload and sort the items in Beaudry Park. The children’s excitement is amazing and we love participating in this campaign each year.”

Remi Marshall, a third grade student in Mrs. Holl’s class said, “I wanted to do this because I think it is important to help other people that do not have enough food. I brought in canned food to donate and am glad we reached our school goal! Mrs. Holl is really caring of other people and she wants us to make sure we think of others.”

At Virgil Elementary, students brought in food goods. Eileen Fitzgerald-Spiehs is a fourth grade teacher at Virgil Elementary. Eileen said, “The students and staff of Virgil School have a long history of supporting the United Way. Every year, multiple boxes of food are collected and donated. This year is no different. In addition to the collection of food goods, the United Way Day of Caring ties to our curriculum. At the beginning of the year, we are constantly creating a classroom culture of respect and caring for others. The United Way Day of Caring is a way to show students to think of others before themselves.”

In addition to students food donations, staff can submit monetary donations through payroll deductions to the United Way. The United Way Day of Caring was September 26, 2018. To make a donation visit this website.



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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Cortland, NY 13045

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