Catching Up with CARE

Maisie Crane ’23 (left) and Sophia Schupp ’24 with gifts purchased for the North Elba Christmas Fund (photo provided).

CARE is Northwood’s community service club organized and led by students. It started in 1996 and has continued through the years. The club organizes small fundraisers within the school that are fun for Northwood students and that raise money for outside groups.

During Halloween and Valentine’s Day, we usually sell candy grams. Students can buy small bags of candy to send to peers, and the money raised is given to a cause determined at the time.

In December, the club goes to local clothing and toy stores to buy gifts for the North Elba Christmas Fund, an organization that provides clothes, blankets, and winter coats for people in town who don’t have the ability to buy them. We also helped one of Mrs. Van Slyke’s art classes make a blanket for an elder in a Lake Placid assisted living facility.

Pink the Rink is a long tradition that hasn’t been organized in a while. It is a hockey-style fundraiser where teams of 3 to 4 play in a bracket-style elimination championship and eventually win a prize. The proceeds are sent to the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Over the winter, we work towards more relaxing fundraisers for the community because it is stressful for everyone. So, we try to do bake sales and decorate the living room for the holidays.

As one of the few CARE leaders, I hope to get the Northwood Community more engaged with CARE and work on some more projects communally.


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