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Debbie Soderberg, L.P.N., and Glenda Campbell, R.N., from the Dialysis program at WCA Hospital recently accepted the donation of 144 pounds of can tabs from Mrs. Butlerís Social Studies class at Southwestern Middle School. The proceeds earned will be utilized by the Southern Tier Kidney Association to benefit dialysis patients.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, December 14, 2009)—Area teachers strive to find new and innovative ways to challenge their students to learn valuable lessons in school, as well as valuable lessons in life.  While trying to help her students better understand what it means to live in community, Mrs. Kimberly Butler challenged the seven students in her middle school Social Studies class to find a meaningful way to give back to their community.

Mrs. Butler says, “I wanted the students to learn there are ways to help people in their own area that are not difficult and make a real difference.  Social Studies is not just about history, it is about community.”

In the discussion that ensued, the students discovered there are many Jamestown-area residents who receive dialysis at WCA Hospital, including some directly connected to their friends and families.  So, the students decided to collect can tabs to donate through WCA Hospital to the Southern Tier Kidney Association.  The Southern Tier Kidney Association uses the money realized to directly benefit dialysis patients.

The middle school students created strategies to promote donations from as many Southwestern students as possible.  They developed a class letter which was sent home with elementary school students, and was e-mailed to all middle and high school staff.  From there, word of mouth promoted the effort.

In early October, the collection effort officially began and the response was incredible.  A major donation came through Jayden Schrecengost, a Kindergarten student in Mrs. Hoth’s class.  Jayden’s great, great-grandfather was a member of the Falconer Legion Post 638 and a former dialysis patient.  When the legion learned of the effort through the class letter, they enthusiastically joined in the effort.  In less than two months, the class collected and delivered 144 pounds of can tabs to staff at WCA Hospital, the largest single donation ever received!

“It feels good to help out,” explains Damien, one of the fourth graders in Mrs. Butler’s class.  He adds, “This is awesome!”

This collection effort will continue through the school year, and the students hope the community will come alongside them in support.  If you would like to support their efforts, and the dialysis patients served by WCA Hospital, please drop off your can tabs at any Southwestern school.

To make a tribute gift in support of Dialysis at WCA Hospital, please contact Karl Sisson, Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or

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