Each night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, Steel Valley Middle School Student Government participated in a nationwide service project called Socktober, where students were challenged to collect sock donations for men, women, and children. A goal was set for 500 socks, and we are pleased to report that student government students and their families helped collect 2,830 pairs of socks..that's right...2,830 pairs of socks.
"I am overwhelmed by the support for this project, but never surprised by our students when they put their hearts and souls into a project. They didn't let a remote school model or a global pandemic get in their way of showing that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of neighbors," said Erin Noblet, club sponsor. These donations will be sent to Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net, a social service outreach program for persons who are experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.
While we applaud a small donation of 1 pair of socks or 3,000 socks, a few students were above and beyond in this service project, and their work should be praised as such.
Hannah Lesser, a sixth grader, collected 409 pairs of socks. 8th grader, Abigail Fitzgerald, collected 486 pairs of socks. Finally, 6th grader Mason Rager collected 620 pairs of socks. Amazing job everyone! Thank you to all Steel Valley families and friends who donated to this worthy cause!
VLP Donation Drive
Student government has officially competed their Veterans Day service project for the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania. This afternoon, four student leaders (Abbie Fitzgerald, Piper Olack, Abbey Novak, and Brooklyn Pielin) and parent volunteer Mrs. Fitzgerald loaded up two carloads of clothes, towels, bedding, toilets, baby items, small appliances and many more items that local veterans will receive THIS WEEK. We’d like to thank Veterans Leadership Program for partnering with us on this project as well as our volunteer experience last week at their annual breakfast. These students were eager to give back and show our thanks to those men and women who serve our country so we can experience the freedoms we have today.
During the month of November, student government is partnering with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA for their monthly service project. This morning, 9 student leaders from our 8th grade answered a call time of 6:15AM to volunteer at VLP’s 21st Annual Veterans Breakfast. Students worked as greeters and servers as 700 veterans and friends came through the doors of the Duquesne University Student Union ballroom. We also had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious breakfast while we enjoying the ceremony and recognition of local veterans. We were proud to serve in this capacity as a way to say thank you to the men and woman who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we have today.
Next week, student government will visit the South Side VLP offices to deliver items collected in their month long donation drive.
Homecoming Spirit Week is in full swing this week at the middle school! Today is Team Jersey day! Check out a few shots from this morning’s photo booth run by student government!
Student government students were around this morning to deliver boxes for Beverly's Birthdays. If your HOMEROOM did not receive a box, please let me know. This campaign will run from today until February 14th. We are setting a school wide goal of 150. Winning homeroom will also receive donuts. Every few days I will send students around to collect goods and keep a running total. Thank you again for your support of student government projects!
Here is a promotional video to share to your HR if you are interested:
Here is a link to the recent surprise recognition from Mike Rowe that was floating around social media last week.
Collaboration for a Cause
Painting with an "Ironman Twist". Members of Student Government collaborated with the Art Club in an after school fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. With a $10.00 donation, students followed the lead of art teacher Miss Czerwinski and painted a beautiful and colorful canvas. All student donations will be made in memory of Maria Heddleston to Our Clubhouse, a PGH nonprofit who provides emotional and social support to families touched by cancer. Many thanks to Ms. C for her art expertise, Ms. Noblet for organizing details, and the club parents who dontaed snacks and drinks!