Class of 2024 glove drive warms hands and hearts

Students with representatives from the City Mission

The Niskayuna High School Class of 2024 led a community effort to donate 564 pairs of gloves to the City Mission of Schenectady. Representatives from the City Mission joined students at the high school on Dec. 20 to accept the donation and thank students for their efforts. 

“I’m glad that we get to help our community, and it was nice to be recognized because we want to do as much as we can for the community,” said Gianna Deso, Class of 2024 vice president.

The students’ efforts are part of a commitment to giving that they made in their freshman year. In 2020, students selected two charities to contribute to – the City Mission and the American Cancer Society – and have organized an annual drive for each group. 

To reach their goal this year, the junior class held a bake sale and raised funds through donations from students and staff. Students also recruited the Niskayuna Co-op and the Niskayuna Branch Library to participate in the drive. Both organizations hosted collection boxes, and the Co-op contributed the proceeds of its “Change is Good” round-up program during the week of Thanksgiving, raising $451.

“These young adults are the future leaders of tomorrow, and they are starting with that today,” said Shannon Risley, general manager of the Niskayuna Co-op.