March 18, 2014
Updated Mar 18, 2014 at 6:39 AM EDT
Kenmore, N.Y. It is baby bonanza at Herbert Hoover Elementary School as students get into the spirit of giving.
“I donated diapers and clothes,” Student Anthony Clontz said.
Clontz, 10, is the oldest of three children. His family knows the importance of these necessities when babies are young. He said it is important to get other students involved.
“As we get older we should participating in more community stuff,” Clontz said.
Student Nyna Garduno said she is helping the cause.
“We need to start getting used to it and helping people because we have to get more responsible when we get older,” Garduno said.
The school got involved through the Junior League teaming up with the United Way. Mary Falzone is part of the Junior League and a Special Education Teacher's Aid at the school.
“Hoover Elementary is a very giving community. We are involving the student council in helping with this project and everyone is doing a great job,” Falzone said.
Since the beginning of the month they have seen diapers, clothes, bath items and other necessities coming in from students of all ages. School nurse Rosanne Urbanski, who is also involved with the baby shower, said their goal is two-fold.
“I think it's very important that the children of Hoover, any elementary age child, they're aware of the importance of giving back to the community and giving back to families in the community that are less fortunate than they are,” Urbanski said.
And she says this will not only help the students now but also in the long run.
“At Hoover we try to get the children involved with the community to make them better citizens now and in the future,” Urbanski said.