As the holidays approach, students and staff members at all four schools in the Stevenson-Carson District are stepping up to help others in need.
At Carson Elementary, staff members have adopted four families for the season and are supplying them with food items and gifts chosen from a common giving tree.
Stevenson Elementary students are collecting canned food that will be donated to the Skamania County Food Basket programs.
Wind River Middle School students and staff have three different efforts underway. Students are having a "Penny War" to see how many pennies each student and class can bring in with the proceeds to be donated to the Food Bank. The Food Bank will also benefit from a canned food drive. Coats, blankets and personal care items are also being collected for Holiday Baskets and "shoeboxes."
At Stevenson High School, advocacy classes are also having a "Penny War" as well as putting together food baskets. There is also a general food drive happening at the school.
"These types of activities help students play an important role in our community and provide life-long lessons in giving a helping hand to those less fortunate in our communities. This is a opportunity to demonstrate ways to contribute to citizenship skills as well as encourage academically successful students," said principals Kim Meche, Carson Elementary; Karen Douglass, Stevenson Elementary; Kathy Browning, Wind River Middle School; and Brian Howe, Stevenson High School.