Westmere Elementary students helps organize “Goods for Ukraine”

Ukrainian flag with heart in the center saying "Goods for Ukraine"

In times of adversity, the Guilderland Central School District has demonstrated its unity and resilience. With the recent events in Ukraine, many students have been motivated to help, especially fifth-grader Alyssa Jantzen of Westmere Elementary.

Alyssa was inspired while watching an episode of “Nightly News for Kids” for a homework assignment from her social studies teacher Mrs. Deso. During the broadcast, Alyssa was struck by a photo of a little Ukrainian girl and knew immediately she wanted to find a way to help her and other children affected by the war in Ukraine.

With the help of her teachers and fellow students, Alyssa worked to organize a drive of items that were needed in Ukraine. During recess and lunch times, Alyssa collaborated with her classmates to create a flier, as well as a commercial for the Westmere Elementary news to help spread the message throughout the school community.

Thanks to the work of Alyssa and her fellow fifth-grade students, over 1,300 goods were collected to help the people of Ukraine. The donated items will be brought to a Ukrainian organization in Watervliet that Alyssa’s parents helped coordinate.

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