MAYVILLE - Chautauqua Lake Central School students joined faculty members in a project to make "smittens" to support a recent winter clothing drive.
The annual drive was sponsored by the junior class in cooperation with the Salvation Army of Western New York and in partnership with two other student organizations, Sources of Strength and Peer Educators.
Teacher Rachel Swan introduced the project, in which old sweaters were re-purposed into new mittens outfitted with fleece linings. The mittens will be distributed along with new hats, scarves and gently-used winter jackets to area children in need.
Sophomore Clara Hindman explains to seventh grader Joseph Gustafson how to assemble the fleece lining for “smittens,” new mittens re-purposed from old sweaters. Both are members of the Chautauqua Lake Central School Art Club. Teacher Rachel Swan, who introduced the project, is new to the Chautauqua Lake faculty; she formerly taught at Ripley Central School.
Members of the CLCS National Honor Society will also make the holidays brighter for local children and families through the organization's annual food drive and Community Christmas Project, which continues through Dec. 13. The students are collecting donations from students and staff throughout the school and from the larger community. NHS members will wrap gifts of clothing, toys and games for the children and will assemble a carton of non-perishable food for each family.