To the editor:
I would like to recognize the giving spirit of the Saranac Lake High School community during this holiday season. It is always thrilling to experience the generosity of our students and faculty.
This fall during the production of the senior class play, "The Wizard of Oz," the students ran a weeklong homeroom competition, raising money to buy books for Holiday Helpers. The homeroom competition raised $800 while a raffle held by "The Wizard of Oz" cast earned an additional $400.
With the help of Seth Putnam, our librarian, and Sarah and Mark Galvin from The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, we were able to purchase enough books for every child served by Holiday Helpers.
Another homeroom competition, sponsored by the freshman class, collected 251 items for the Holiday Helpers stocking stuffers. During the "Shop Local" evening on Dec. 6, Saranac Lake Central Schools faculty and staff donated 245 nonperishable food items to the Saranac Lake ecumenical food pantry.
As in previous years, the SLHS faculty is using its December Friday Jeans fund to donate hundreds of dollars directly to Holiday Helpers. In addition, individual faculty members purchased clothing items for Holiday Helpers "ornaments," supplying snowsuits, boots and pajamas for families in the school district.
These are the big campaigns that we all hear about, but anonymously many high school faculty members have become Secret Santa for students whose families could use some assistance at Christmas. These are just a few of the many good deeds, performed by our school community, that come to mind.
As I have mentioned, I am very proud to be a member of such a caring and giving community, and am amazed at the power of our collective generosity. I would be remiss if I neglected to mention all of the incredible organizers and volunteers that make Holiday Helpers a reality for so many local families. This could not happen without them. Thank you for letting us be a part of such a wonderful tradition.
Kathleen Hoy Bullard