Dunkirk Donations Benefit County CASA Efforts | News, Sports, Jobs

From left to right are CASA Case Supervisor Laurie Winkler, CASA Executive Director Kathy Park, FBLA members Delilah Gonzalez, Joshua Smith, Logan Lasecki and Dunkirk High Business Teacher/FBLA Counselor Michele Dawley .

Dunkirk High School’s Future Business Leaders of America were once again able to complete their community service project by collecting items for comfort packs to donate to CASA, court-appointed special advocates, for children entering the foster care system in Chautauqua County. Her teacher and advisor, Michele Dawley, introduced the idea of ​​collecting items for comfy packages.

“CASA is an organization very close and dear to my heart,” Dawley said. “I am very proud of the leadership skills these students exhibited in organizing and executing this project”.

Comfort packs contain items that children may need after being placed in foster care, such as; toiletries, night lights, pajamas, blankets, small toys and other necessities. This allows the child to have something new and tangible that she can call her own. Students in grades seven through twelve collected items during their first class period from February 28 to March 11.

During this time period, they collected over 500 items to include in these comfort packs.

In addition, Dawley received a $500 service learning mini-grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, which was used to purchase additional items to include with the donations received from students.

The articles were presented to CASA on June 8 by DHS Future Business Leaders of America Treasurer Delilah Gonzalez, along with FBLA members Joshua Smith and Logan Lasecki.

The FBLA students had to plan the service project which involved creating flyers, a competition (prizes) for the classes that brought in the most items, a budget for prizes and spending the mini-grant, social media posts socials for advertising, purchases to spend scholarship funds for additional donation items, and hosting a meeting to arrange delivery of collected items to CASA.

“It was fun shopping for CASA and collecting donations from the school! Overall, it was a great experience!” Delilah Gonzalez said.

“I also enjoyed being able to create the flyers for our project,” Logan Lasecki said. FBLA students will receive the Kids Caring for Kids certificate from CASA in honor of their community service project.

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