Students at two local schools are giving the gift of volunteerism.
Christmas came a little early for the staff at Beaty Warren Middle High School.
Sixth grade exploratory students delivered cookies and sang to every member of the staff Friday morning. Over the past week students made the dough, frosted the cookies and hand delivered them to teachers throughout the school.
Times Observer photos by Ben Klein
Sixth grade Beaty Warren Middle School students are competing to raise funds for the United Fund Drive with a Helping Hands Tree. Pictured, from left, Holly Drozdiel, Chloe White, Autumn Gorley, Emily Wyland, Braden Wilson, Emma Colosimo, and Jared Bupp.
Exploratory students learn community service, healthy living, careers, research, study skills and fine arts throughout the school year. Students in Ruby Pope, Kim Nelson and Jamie Breese's classes collaborated together over the past week on the project.
Students did "awesome" in the kitchen, Pope said, "they loved it."
The students also created and placed a Helping Hands Tree in the cafeteria. They traced their hands, colored and cut out ornaments for the tree. The ornaments can be placed on the tree for any donation - whether it's a penny or $10, students give any amount. All the donations will go to the United Fund Drive.
"Right now sixth grade is just rocking it," Pop said.
The competition will run for a full week when the students return to class from the holiday break.
Students at Sheffield Area Middle High School saw the Sheffield Food Pantry was in need of donations for the holidays.
So the entire Sheffield Area Middle High School responded.
The effort was school-wide with every student and adult in SAMHS donating at leaset one non-perishable food item to the pantry.
"Faculty, staff, and students consistently respond well year after year to the concept of giving back to a community that provides so much for them in terms of support and donations for both academic and athletic needs," SAMHS Principal Amy Beers said.
The Sheffield and Clarendon communities are extremely generous with their time and resources. At the school, the food drive and Toys for Tots drive are utilized as a way to teach the students about the lesson of givins, she said.
"Hopefully, as adults and future leaders of the community, they will continue to give," Beers said.