The Northwestern School District community came together to help 110 families through this year’s “Toys for Cats” toy drive this holiday season.
Northwestern Senior Madison Huffman wrote this powerful letter to the editors at the Erie Times-News about the program – read her words below:
“As a senior at Northwestern Senior High, I have seen amazing generosity of spirit sweep through my loving community these past couple months. With that being said, I would like to take this time to give a wholehearted thank you to our teacher, Mrs. Barb Miller, the Northwestern school district student body, and numerous Northwestern Pennsylvania Organizations.
Over the past several years, Northwestern School District has put together a Toys for Cats toy drive to help families in need during the holiday season. The High School's student council, advised by Mrs. Michelle Ruland and Mrs. AnnaKaye Fennel, held a food drive along with a Fill the Bus event held at the Albion Dollar General. All donations went to fund Toys for Cats.
Under the direction of Mrs. Mia Severo, the school’s National Honor Society held a coat drive and a Jeans for Teens event. Within the school, Mr. Bob Miller and Mr. Clint Corder and their technology education class built games to be given to children within our community.
Mrs. Julie Schmidt, the instructor of the Family and Consumer Science class, baked bread for multiple families as a class project.
The generosity I've witnessed was not limited to just the school, countless local businesses made financial contributions to support this wonderful season. “Giving Trees” were placed in area businesses such as Albion Pharmacy, the Moose Club, and Edinboro YMCA.
As a result of our small town having such a big heart, 110 families were provided with food, clothing, and gifts for under their tree this holiday.
Being a part of something as rewarding as giving back to the community, was more than a blessing to me. It is an amazing feeling knowing you helped so many during this wonderful time of year. Being able to lift the weight off of the shoulders of many families is the best feeling for which one could ever ask. I can safely say that this will be my most precious memory of my senior year and one of the reasons I’m proud to call this community mine.”
-Madison Huffman (Senior at Northwestern high school and Erie County Technical School)
Thank you to all the Wildcats, near and far, that helped with this year’s efforts. As you go back to school and work, the Northwestern School District wishes you all a happy and healthy new year!