North Salem Elementary School engages students and staff in a variety of service projects each year during the holiday season. Through the generous giving of students, their families and North Salem staff, this year’s projects were so successful that hundreds of individuals and families will benefit.
The hat, sock and mitten tree sits outside of the main office in December, and all month families decorate the tree with these items. Approximately 70 packages of hats, mittens, and socks were gathered before Winter Break and passed on to school families as well as various charities.
The two-week Food Drive has a different theme/product each day to assure plenty of variety. Classrooms earn points per item and reaching two hundred points earns them a pajama day on the last day of the semester. Some classrooms earned as much as 700 points, but the student council stopped counting items when they passed the 4000 mark! The amount collected was so amazing that the entire school celebrated a pajama day on the last day of the semester. Items
were divided between the North Salem Christian Church and the North Salem Methodist Church to help supply their food pantries for local families.
The Money Drive for the Food Pantry provides cash to both local pantries to purchase perishable items. Two students, with approval and support from their parents, dug deep into their savings. Those donations of $100 and $50 helped bring the total donations to $600 – three times greater than the previous year.
And finally, enough personal hygiene items were collected by the Renaissance Club to donate 65 bags for homeless shelters.