WELLSVILLE — When approximately 270 middle school students and 55 adults got together for JUMP Day last week, some great things happened.
Along with students learning the joy of community service, helping others and getting the village cleaned up and looking good, the kids raised funds to help a fellow classmate, for the SPCA and items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry.
Organizer and middle school teacher Lois Miller announced this week that on JUMP Day $936.20 in cans/bottle donations was raised with the help of area residents who put out their cans and bottles on their porches or steps to be picked up by the students. The funds will be evenly split between the Island Park Restoration Fund and the SPCA.
While students were planting, painting, picking up and collecting, on the other side of town seventh grade students were busy washing cars for donations only. They raised $195 for Ross Munson’s class trip to Florida, where the science project will be part of a space mission, and to Washington D.C. At the same site, a student initiated bake sale raised $200 for a student who lost his home in a fire.
At the same time, along with collecting cans and bottles, residents were asked to place non perishable food donations on their porches to be collected. A total of 299.25 pounds of food was collected and given to Salvation Army.
“Not a bad day for our kids and the community,” Miller said.