During the month of April, the students at Southgate Elementary School have been discussing empathy. Classroom teachers have been reading stories and holding discussions to help students understand that empathy is like “walking in the shoes of another person”. In an effort to help develop empathy in our school community, we have started a bottle collection. Students are placing their empty recyclable bottles in collection boxes throughout the school. The proceeds from the bottles will be used to make a donation to the Ugandan Water Project, so the community can dig a well for fresh water. For the remainder of the year, students are collecting their water bottles in an effort to raise money for this cause.
Southgate Elementary School has also created a fundraising account at Colonie Beverage on Central Avenue in Colonie. This fundraising account will enable us to keep the fundraiser ongoing indefinitely. If you would like to participate in order to increase the amount we can donate, you can drop off your recyclable bottles. All you need to do is tell the collector on duty that you are dropping off a donation for Southgate Elementary School. They will count your bottles and credit our account. Colonie Beverage requests that you do not include bottles that do not have a five cent deposit in New York state (Gatorade, flavored waters, juice bottles). They will periodically issue Southgate checks to apply to the water project.
We are so proud of our students for their efforts in this endeavor. They are truly learning the meaning of empathy. We thank you in advance for reinforcing the need to be empathetic in all walks of life. It is a pleasure working with you to develop strong character in our students.
*A reminder that not all bottles are refundable. It would be very helpful if non-refundable bottles (Gatorade, juices, ice teas, etc.) were not added to our collection. Bottles without deposits can’t be redeemed but can instead be recycled. Thank you!
The School Success Committee