Students Donate to Animal Rescue Group
To celebrate the book, students are participating in a host of activities to bring the story to life. Most notably, representatives from a non-profit animal rescue organization called Out of the Pits will visit Goff on December 23. This group rescues Pit Bulls and trains them to become Certified Therapy Dogs.
Students are once again collecting items to donate to non-profit groups
Teacher, Jaclyn Timmany-White, looks forward to supporting the group again this year. “Each year we fall in love with our canine (and human) visitors, and can concretely see how animals can change people’s lives and vice versa. It is always heartwarming to see all the generous donations that our children bring in.”
For more information visit their website at www.outofthepits.org. If you click on the “About Us” link you will see a picture of a past visit to Goff.
Student Council Helps Families in Need
The Student Council is also helping other families in need this holiday season. Two fundraisers are planned - a weeklong carnation sale and an ice cream sale. Proceeds will fund the purchase of holiday gifts for struggling local families. On December 16, the Goff Student Council will purchase gifts at the Target in East Greenbush and personally deliver items to the Community Network of Schodack, East Greenbush, Rensselaer, Nassau and Sand Lake United Nassau and Sand Lake-United (CoNSERNS-U) in Rensselaer.
Teacher Lauren Casullo said there is plenty of work to do to help Goff’s neighbors this year. “Our involvement is only more necessary considering the financial struggles facing every family. We also recognize the positive effect we can have on different areas of the world,” she said.
The Student Council is also working with the Eddy VNA in Troy to collect basic hygienic supplies for five remote villages in Brazil. Items will be delivered in January.
7G Students Raise Money for Books
Peer Leadership Gives Back
Clothing Drive Supports Unity House
The clothing drive was managed by Kathy Dayton, Irene Wiltsie and Emily Cobb-Higgins and students from the DOME Club (Defenders of Mother Earth). The group sorted, packed and delivered collected a wide assortment of items, including new socks and soft pile throws. It took six trips to deliver all that was collected!
In a letter, Unity House Chief Executive Officer Christopher Burke thanked Goff for their donation. “These items will make a difference in so many families’ lives, and help them all to stay warm this winter. You are great examples for other young people,” Burke wrote.
Goff Holds Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Students Promote Tolerance
Table activities included games, socializing and learning more about how to promote tolerance in both the school and community. Each grade level played different games, which included questions such as “Are you more like…?”
Group Walks in Colleague’s Memory
Goff Middle School staff participated in the 14th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 18 in memory of the school’s secretary, Barbara Lehmann. The group joined 12,000 other walkers in Albany’s Washington Park to honor Lehmann, who passed away on the first day of school after fighting a courageous, 10 year battle with cancer. She was a positive force in the school and a great friend to all in the building and in the district.
Members of the Goff Middle School community walked in her memory by wearing black and pink shirts with “Barb Lehmann – Forever in our hearts” printed on the back. The group sold 57 shirts so together they could wear the shirts as a staff to keep her memory alive in the building. Local businesses such as Chez Mike’s in the Hannaford Plaza also donated money to the cause.
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