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District 30 Kids Excel in Community Service

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Maple School's Student Council collects toys and games each year which are donated to over 750 needy families in Northfield Township. (2017 collection)

There are many initiatives upheld by staff and students throughout the school year that embody the Six Pillars of the Character Counts! coalition. For over 20 years, Maple School’s Student Council has held fundraisers to raise money to buy gifts for the annual holiday toy drive that benefits needy families in Northfield Township. This includes popcorn and candy sales, pancake breakfasts, parties, special events, and raffles.

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Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley helps load gifts during Maple School's annual holiday toy drive, that benefits needy families in Northfield Township.

Students are Making a Difference in People's Lives

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Since 2001, Maple School’s band, orchestra and choir have exhibited citizenship and caring, when they visit a local nursing home in December, to perform holiday songs and distribute handmade cards for senior citizens.

Wescott and Willowbrook Schools character-building projects take place from September through June. They range from donating books for needy schools; supporting Jeans for Wishes and Make A Wish Foundation; to hosting fundraisers for animal shelters, victims of natural disasters; and fostering senior relationships at local retirement centers and through the Kindness Connection.

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Wescott's PTO Thanks Community for Supporting Those in Need

In December 2016, "The Helping Hands committee, along with the entire PTO, would like to express our sincere gratitude for the generosity of families of Wescott this school year. Together, we were able to donate an incredible amount to support our community," said Helping Hands Committee members Videsha Kulkami and Sung Park.

Donations included the following:
-More than 720 shoes donated to Share Your Soles
-Over 50 winter coats to students of sister school, Burbank
-1,000 books to Bernie's Book Bank
-Enough donations made to purchase 288 brand new school uniforms to students of Burbank School.

"We are so amazed by your giving spirit, and we know the recipients of your donations are truly grateful. Thank you for your support!"

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Willowbrook's Kindness Prevailed in 2016 and 2017

In December 2016 and 2017, Willowbrook School students and faculty worked with the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve to collect holiday gifts for the “Toys for Tots” program. They also participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week, and made gifts and cards for veterans who were recuperating in local hospitals.

It's A Slam Dunk for Maple School's CCQ Fundraiser

Maple School's Student Council held another successful "CCQ" on May 18, 2017. The "CCQ" is a barbecue held on the blacktop, with a dunk tank set up for Student Council members, who brave the time on the hot seat, in the name of charity. Students buy raffle tickets for a chance to throw the ball at the dunk tank lever, hoping that it will land in the right spot, and cause the seat to collapse, and their colleague to fall into the water!

Between hot dog, snack, drink and raffle sales, the Student Council usually ends up donating about $500 to help support Character Counts! activities and events throughout the year. Those who organized and participated in the "CCQ" with the Student Council and student attendees included Lynn Reimer, Lisa Kovarik, Jillian Rathge, Celso Rios, and Josh Pettenuzzo.