Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Clay Elementary students collect goods for community
BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
Students at Clay Elementary can always be counted on to give back to the community with special themed donation days.
"Through these special donation days, we are hoping to teach our children they can be part of the bigger community by donating small items to those in need," Clay principal Joy Darkes said Feb. 26.
Darkes said the Ephrata Area school students and parents always look forward to the successful collection drives.
While flowers, cards, jewelry and chocolate were the most given items on Valentine's Day last month, Clay students collected hundreds of pet related items for a local animal shelter and pet pantry.
Dog and cat food, treats, pet toys, dishes, leashes and grooming products were among the items collected.
In January, the students held a "Winter Colors Day" and collected new hats, scarves and gloves for those in need during the bitter cold winter days.
"They collected 105 hats, 138 pairs of gloves, 32 scarves and 31 winter sets. These items will be donated to families in need in the Ephrata community," Darkes said.
Darkes said Clay always held various school spirit days throughout the year "but this year we decided to combine those special days with a donation theme."
Darkes said the collection days serve an important role in the social development of the students.
"We are always striving to develop civic-minded, unselfish children who are sensitive to the needs of others," she said.
No special days are planned for March, but "Crazy Hair Day" awaits students in April when the school collects hair care and related products for a local shelter.
Then in May, new socks will be collected for a local shelter on "Crazy Sock Day."
Darkes said, "Children and parents have been very genius with their donations."
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