Criss students donate to Goodwill charity

PARKERSBURG – Students at Criss Elementary School were honored Friday for collecting items for donation to an area Goodwill.

Principal Mary Vincent said representatives of Goodwill in mid-April challenged students to donate slightly used items.

“We made it a competition between the primary and intermediate grades,” she said.

Teachers sent home Goodwill bags and letters to parents asking for donations and explaining the competition.

The students “were excited about it,” Vincent said.

“Our students usually do very well with giving, but they gave a lot,” she said. “What we were trying to teach the students was to give back to the community.”

Last week officials from Goodwill came to the school to collect the donations and on Friday returned to announce how much was donated by Criss Elementary students, Vincent said.

Stephanie Sprouse, director of donated good retail for Goodwill Industries of the Kanawha Valley, said Criss students gathered and donated 2,061 pounds of goods as part of the drive valued at about $4,700.

“I am so proud of the work you’ve done here,” Sprouse told the students.

As a thank you, Goodwill gave each student at the school a tote bag and donated a basketball to each participating classroom, she said.