Students Raise Money for Worthy Causes

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The leadership team of CARE with advisor Ms. Edwards. (Photo: Jesper Peltonen ’17)

At Northwood, it is important to students that we help the community around us. CARE is a program at Northwood that is in charge of organizing community service projects and fundraisers that connect Northwood to the surrounding community. CARE is how Northwood School students give to our community. Ms.Annie Edwards is the faculty advisor, and the student chairs are Lexi Barile ‘17, Palmer Feinberg ‘17, Tristan Baldauf ‘17, Morgan Broderick ‘18, Sara Donatello ‘18, and Nick Ormon ‘17. CARE hosts events like Pink the Rink to raise money for breast cancer research.

This year, CARE has already done a fundraiser for a New York State Trooper killed in the line of duty  (September), volunteered to rake leaves for area elderly (October), and hosted Lee Denim Day (raises money for breast cancer research) (October). This school year CARE plans to hold twenty-five fundraisers.

Northwood’s student handbook describes CARE as a team of student leaders who give back in three ways: locally, globally, and to the Northwood community.  The primary goal is to involve everyone at Northwood in community service projects. Projects continue to center around students thinking about others and donating, not only money, but more importantly their time and no-longer used items. Student-designed projects include service performed by classes, by halls, by athletic teams, and by those who have time and energy to give throughout the school year. Signature projects include: Lee Denim Day in October (which raises money for breast cancer research), the Shoebox Project in December (which supports area youth and is led by the junior class), Northwood School Spirit Day in November (which raises money for The Families First Project), Pink the Rink in March (which is a cancer awareness project), and a school-wide Service Day in May (which involves more than 20 service projects in the village of Lake Placid). Mrs. Edwards, Director of Community Service, works closely with students to help them design service projects based on their own innovations and passions.

CARE does a lot work to help Northwood School help others. It is one of the best characteristics of Northwood. It makes you feel happy that you can help a little boy or girl by buying them a Christmas gift or help cancer patients who are fighting for their lives.

This is a partial list of the fundraisers CARE does over this school year.

  • Halloween goodie bags-9th and 10th class project (October)
  • Shoebox project at Christmas (all advisee groups participate, the 11th class project (November and December)
  • North Elba Christmas Fund (December)
  • Northwood School Spirit Day (raises money for Families First Project (November)
  • Blankets for Nursing Center residents (December)
  • Jeans for Homeless teens (January)
  • Pink the Rink (March)
  • Polar Bear Plunge (May)
  • Clothing and Shoe Drives (May)
  • Textbook drive (May)

SaraD.JPG“CARE means a lot to me. I think that it is very important to do help out the others around you that may be suffering or in need of help…CARE makes Northwood look very good to the surrounding community. The students’ willingness to help the community and be involved with community events reflects well on the school.” – Sara Donatello ’18

palmer“CARE bestows a set of values that push me to give back to the community which is an essential set of values to be an important member of society…CARE motivates the students and faculty to get involved in community service projects so that they get a sense of helping someone less fortunate than themselves.” – Palmer Feinberg ’17

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