Westport Westport Central School students worked together to support High Peaks Hospice, and through bake sales, raffles and other fundraisers, they were able to donate $600.
During November, National Hospice Month, Mineville-based High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care asked Essex County schools to help raise money.
Darcy Hudson, home economics teacher at WCS, said her students baked for nearly 10 days straight preparing for the bake sale. Then they raffled off their Halloween-themed decorative pillows decorated with pumpkins, masks, skeletons and other holiday images. Hudson said her seventh-grade students were able to raise $190. Students also raised almost $200 during an elementary school dance. The student council then matched the $200 donation.
Principal Michele Friedman said every year the school tries to generate donations to different charities.
“The community has always done so much for us that we try to do something to give back,” Friedman said.
TylaAnn Burger, hospice executive director, and Ingrid Roemischer, development and outreach coordinator, said the $600 raised will be a huge help for ensuring bereavement care and support for families of the patients. The funds will also help the Hospice hold educational workshops for caregivers.
“When I heard about everything that was going on at Westport Central I felt we had to come out here to say thank you because we have some schools that raise money for us an some raise a little more and most a little less,” Burger said. “There’s a lot of things that our reimbursement does not help for and though $600 doesn’t always look like a lot to some, it can do so much for us.”
Hospice takes care of families that are dealing with very serious illness in their homes. Burger said the money raised will help provide family support to the patients as well as support caregiver education programs the hospice provides for free of charge.