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North Tonawanda School District: Boxes of Hope to families in need

Fri, Dec 29th 2017 10:00 pm
Back row, from left: Career Mentor Lori Graves, School Counselors Jennifer Kupiec, Jennifer John, Jennifer Schultz, Robert Derrett, Lynn Wright; students, from left: Hannah Booker, Laney Wieclaw, Taylor Dietrich, Chelsea Cohn, Bailey Fleischauer, Kristen Doohan, Victoria Kalita.
Back row, from left: Career Mentor Lori Graves, School Counselors Jennifer Kupiec, Jennifer John, Jennifer Schultz, Robert Derrett, Lynn Wright; students, from left: Hannah Booker, Laney Wieclaw, Taylor Dietrich, Chelsea Cohn, Bailey Fleischauer, Kristen Doohan, Victoria Kalita.
Staff and students at the North Tonawanda City School District recently worked with several community churches to make the holidays nicer for around 200 local families.
Their second annual Boxes of Hope campaign asked students in all of their schools to bring in various food items during their 12 Days of Giving. The food items then could be boxed together to provide a family food for several days. Items included crackers, cereal, mac and cheese, Raman noodles, peanut butter, jelly, boxes of mashed potatoes, cans of vegetables and fruit, soup, pasta and a jar of sauce.
The idea behind the Boxes of Hope is to connect local organizations to local families in need of assistance. The churches provide invitations to the school social workers, psychologists and counselors who identify the families that have the highest levels of need through their day-to-day experiences and relationships to these families. High school counselor, Jennifer Kupiec, says the district really embraced the idea of helping their neighbors and in some cases, their own students.
"I think it means a lot to us that we can make the holidays brighter for families who are in need. It has become pretty amazing to see everyone working together for one cause. The Lumberjack Connection Mentoring group volunteered to collect and put the boxes together. It makes the holidays very special for all of us here at NT," Kupiec said.

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