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First-Graders Make 100 Care Packages for Compass House

Compass House visits first graders A first-grader at Windermere Boulevard Elementary School has inspired her class and other first-graders at her school to sprinkle kindness this holiday season and help area homeless.


First-grader Leyla Switzer and her family created the movement: Sprinkle Kindnesss 716 where every week they do a random act of kindness around Buffalo and the world. Their facebook page documents where and what they have done.


Leyla's classmates in Aubrey Brodfuehrer's class at Windermere Boulevard decided that they wanted to sprinkle kindness as well. To fit in with the school's character education trait of empathy and an economics unit, the class decided to make care packages for the homeless through an assembly line.


From socks to gloves, snacks and water bottles, the students took turns in the assembly line so everyone had a chance to help fill the plastic bag care packages.


All first-graders were involved and made about 100 total packages. Nuska Switzer, Leyla's mom, got in touch with Compass House, which provides runaway, homeless and street youth with safe shelter and services. Sierra Johnston, a former Windermere student, spoke to all first-graders to explain in kid-friendly terms about what their organization does and where the care packages the kids made will be going to.



Mrs. Brodfuehrer's class Students fill care packages    Putting snacks into care package Mrs. Newman's first grade class