POULTNEY, Vt. – On Monday, four members of Green Mountain College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) delivered a collection of donated goods to the Poultney Elementary School’s Principal and team leaders.
The items had been taken up in a Mitten Tree drive where local community members adorned the Athletic Department’s Christmas tree with mittens, winter hats, scarves, gloves and other items. The weeklong drive that spanned from December 7-14 was a resounding success as the generous community members of Poultney and the surrounding area donated over 50 items to the cause.
S.A.A.C president Cameron Book and members Chelsea Wimble, Blake Hay and Mercedes Rideout presented Poultney Elementary Principal Kristen Caliguiri and the school’s sixth grade student leaders Courtney Ezzo, McKenzie Ezzo and Kaitlyn DeBonis with the donated goods.
“The donation is greatly appreciated,” said Courtney Ezzo. “These items definitely can help any kids who [may not have] any winter gear.”
The timing of the donation will come in handy with Christmas right around the corner. The spirit of the season of giving will hopefully brighten someone’s holiday.
"S.A.A.C. and the GMC athletic department would like to thank all of those community members who contributed so generously to the Mitten Tree," said Book. "Seeing the entire Poultney and neighboring communities come together for those in need at this time of the year is what makes this such a truly special place to be a part of."