Food was sorted and packed for the needy; food and supplies were collected for animals at the humane society; students visited and sang to the residents of a nursing home; blankets were made and donated to a local teen shelter – these were some of the many activities carried out by our students throughout Southgate on Friday, December 14 during Southgate’s Second Annual Day of Service.
- First graders and their chaperones visited the Eddy Nursing Home in Cohoes and sang holiday songs to some of the residents there while sixth graders volunteered at the Regional Food Bank sorting food donations.
- Second graders created heartfelt cards for veterans of the military.
- Students in Mrs. Folmsbee’s class wrote letters to Santa to support Make-a-Wish.
- Third graders held a 3 week long pet drive where they collected items for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. These items included pet food, pet beds, pet treats, leashes, collars, and warm blankets. On December 14, the NYS Fire K9 task force come in to talk about their rescue dogs and how they are trained. Afterwards, the students made adoption bandanas for the animals to wear on pet adoption days at the Humane Society.
- Fourth graders assisted the American Red Cross with some of their office work.
- After reading and analyzing two non-fiction articles about economic hardships and two fictional works, A Shelter in Our Car and We Are Still A Family, fifth graders extended the literary experience by discussing how each person can help people who may be down on their luck. The students made tie-knot blankets to donate to a local teen shelter (CAPTAIN – Community Human Services).