CARE Raising Money and Doing Good for the Community


CARE has had a busy start to the school year. In September, we raised money for and helped set up parts of the Relay for Life fundraiser at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in town.

Next in October, we participated in Lee Denim Day, a nationally recognized fundraiser. In exchange for a five dollar donation, students, faculty, and staff were allowed to wear jeans to classes. Northwood has participated in this event for overs 15 years and once again, raised over one thousand dollars to support the fight against breast cancer.

Now as it is the holiday season we focused on getting holiday gifts and clothes for area needy children. In order to buy these gifts we wanted to raise one thousand dollars. To do this we sold candy grams at halloween. This is always a popular fundraiser where kids get to send small bags of candy to their friends, teachers, and secret crushes.  We raised about five-hundred dollars from this fundraiser. Our second fundraiser during the holiday season was a School Spirit Day. For Spirit Day students were allowed to wear Northwood school apparel after making a small cash donation to the North Elba Christmas Fund.

Our final fundraiser for the North Elba Christmas fund was a bake sale. The bake sale raised just over 500 dollars for CARE. Students spend a Saturday morning,  standing in front of ACE Hardware and sold hot dogs and hot chocolate, provided by ACE Hardware in Saranac Lake, and also sold home-made baked goods made and donated by faculty and students. Between these three fundraisers we raised 1,566 dollars for the North Elba Christmas Fund and Families First. With this money we were able to buy stockings stuffed with gifts for 10 kids and buy clothes and gifts for 4 families. We are also running a food drive. So far we have donated eight boxes full of food to the food pantry. CARE has also started the shoebox project where all students with their advisors fill a shoebox with small gifts and stocking stuffers. CARE has had a successful start to the year and is looking forward to many more successful projects in the future.

Brendan Murphy ’16



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