Throughout the year, PSD students and staff make meaningful connections with the Northern Colorado community. That is never more apparent than during the holiday season, when students, families and staff work together to give back in creative and meaningful ways.
These efforts include donating food to families in need, collecting holiday presents and service projects across the community. Here is a sampling of some of these phenomenal efforts by the PSD community:
• Hundreds of students and staff members at Rocky Mountain High School came together to collect presents for 74 families in need for it’s Adopt-A-Family program. This is the school’s 23rd year of hosting this event, which makes a tremendous difference for families.
• The Preston Middle School Spanish Department raised $1,000 for the Heifer International Project. They donated the proceeds from selling t-shirts to buy animals for struggling communities around the world. Heifer International uses the animals in sustainable ways (for example, using llamas for wool and alpacas as pack animals in South America).
• Fort Collins High School students and staff members participated in numerous service projects including: donating cards, scarves and caps to FoCo Café. They also sang carols at the Poudre Golden K Kiwanas Christmas party, made 28 braided dog toys for Caring Kanines, and volunteered for the Kiwanas Gingerbread House Decorating Fundraiser event in which the Kiwanas raised $10,000.
• Putnam Elementary School’s fifth-grade leadership team worked around the school to make a difference. They helped hand out boots and coats, deliver food backpacks and gave new students tours of the school. They also made holiday decorations for a retirement home.
• Friends of Putnam and staff members also organize a Santa Elves Program, in which they anonymously buy holiday presents for Putnam students whose families need financial support during the holidays.
• Kruse Elementary School staff has a Giving Tree during the school’s book fair to help students who are in need during the holidays. Kruse families take tags off the trees and donate the items in need.
• Eyestone Elementary also has a tradition of helping its families in need during the holiday season. Every year, the school collects about 75 names and contacts families for gift and clothing ideas and puts the information on ornaments in a tree in the front foyer. Teachers and families select ornaments and use the information to buy gifts for the children. Many Wellington community partners also come by and pick up ornaments.
• PSD’s Turkey Roundup netted more than 1,500 turkey donations before Thanksgiving.
• Poudre High School’s Feed our Families food drive collected more than 70,000 pounds of food and more than $10,000 in donations for fresh food. These donations go to Poudre families in need as well as families in Poudre’s feeder schools. The school also makes a donation to the Wellington Food Bank.