The Ken-Ton Closet is a program where donated items such as clothing, toiletries and school supplies are collected and distributed to the children living within Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda free of charge. Distribution is based on socioeconomic or emergency need (for example fire, emergency foster placement, etc.). A project such as the Ken-Ton Closet truly helps to bring a cross-generation community together. Helping provide for people in need is a rewarding investment in our Town. Recognizing the hardships of our children and answering those needs helps to develop a strong sense of pride about where we live and what our residents are capable of. By removing some of the non-academic barriers to education, our students can be more successful. People of all ages can make this program thrive!
KENMORE CLEAN UP DAY Once again the KTA joined forces with the Kenmore Village Improvement Society to make Kenmore beautiful. Executive Board member Robyn Brydalski was a co-coordinator for the event. Student groups, athletic teams and KTA members volunteered. This is a wonderful way to help give back to the community that we work in.
Educators Totally Committed-Sleep Out
Every first Friday of February since 1988, a group of employees known as Educators Totally Committed (ETC) has addressed the ongoing needs of the poor with ongoing efforts. ETC emphasizes a three-point program of awareness, commitment, and action. Out focus is to make our school communities aware of people in need, show that we are committed to help them and take action. We do this by sponsoring an annual sleep out to collect donations of cash, food clothing, personal care and household items. To date, approximately $850,000 has been collected and distributed to those in need.
Thank you to all who donated time, clothing, supplies and money to support this effort - over $6000.00 was raised! Special thank you to Second Vice President, Michael Fiels for his continued work with ETC and for donating the beautiful Amish Quilt!
The Kenmore Teachers Association sponsors this award to provide classroom teachers with an annual opportunity to recognize students in grades K-12 that are true “beacons” in the classroom. The union wanted to recognize the many great students in Ken-Ton. Teachers often look for opportunities to put outstanding students in the spotlight and thank the parents for their time and effort in raising great kids.
The families of each honoree receive a colorful car magnet with the Beacon logo and a congratulatory letter from Kenmore Teachers Association President, Peter Stuhlmiller and Vice- President, Elaine Altman. The Beacon Award provides an opportunity to highlight those students who exemplify trust, respect, excellence and integrity in their classrooms.
KTA Great Student Award/Scholarship
Each year the teachers of the Kenmore Teachers Association nominate a graduating high school student (one per high school) that makes them feel glad that they’re a teacher. The nominee is a student who has made us feel that becoming a teacher was a wise choice and has brought joy and fulfillment to our days. A scholarship is awarded to each student during the awards assembly at Kenmore East and Kenmore West.