KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore -- With the help of community organizations and generous anonymous donors, students and staff in the Klamath County School District gave back to families in need this holiday season.
"It can be a difficult time of year for those less fortunate, and it is impressive how those in the Klamath Basin reach out to make the holidays special for everyone,” Superintendent of the Klamath County School District, Glen Szymoniak said in a release. “We are all blessed to have such a caring community.”
The schools donated hundreds of pounds of food, meal baskets, and clothing to families in the area. Leadership students and school clubs were also able to receive support from community businesses and organizations.
This is the first year that leadership students at Bonanza took charge in the initiative. The high school class donated 15 holiday meal baskets, and raised $400 dollars through a fundraiser. Living Springs Fellowship Church gave an additional $1,200 donation to purchase necessary items.
"I think it kind of opened our eyes that there are people who are close to us who are in need,” Senior Madelyn Bloom said. “It’s nice to know we’re helping our community.”
Elementary students at Bonanza collected 766 cans and were able to donate an additional 12 boxes, with support from Northwest Farm Credit Services and Bonanza Cares.
The projects from the other schools are below per press release:
Henley High School - “The Giving Tree” provided gifts to 27 youth, 10 complete holiday dinner baskets for families, and filled the school’s food pantry. Students and staff chose tags from the tree, and then donated those items the project.
Merrill - Elementary school students thanked area businesses and community members by creating and signing handmade cards and handing out boxes of cookiesn
Gilchrist, - An annual class food drive competition collected 1,192 food items for the Northern County Christmas Basket Association.
Peterson Elementary School, through its food pantry, provided 50 families with food.
Shasta Elementary School students collected 2,110 pairs of new socks for the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission.
Students in Mazama High School’s Kindness Club and Service Learning Class, delivered 21 holiday food boxes for families in need this season.
They also “adopted” five families for the holidays, providing food, gifts and other needed items. Pork for the holiday food boxes was donated by Cal-Ore Communications, and potatoes were provided by an anonymous donor.
Lost River - This season, Lost River Junior-Senior High School leadership students collected more than 800 items, including turkeys, rolls and roasting pans, to fill 20 food boxes for Malin and Merrill families.
Chiloquin - More than 75 families in the Chiloquin area were provided with holiday meal baskets, and more than 30 youth were able to purchase needed new clothing thanks to generous community donations and the work of students and staff at Chiloquin Junior-Senior High School and Chiloquin Elementary School.