Students display thousands of items donated for the Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center

By Kristin McEneany, Volunteer Service project coordinator NDLC

KAUKAUNA — Students at New Directions Learning Community and River View Middle School in Kaukauna worked together to collect about 2,000 items for the Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center.

The Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center, located in Appleton at Children’s Appleton Clinic, brings together a specially trained team of professionals to investigate cases of child maltreatment. 

During the week of April 17, 2023, NDLC and River View held collections for items on the organization’s wish list.

Items collected included:

Kids shampoo and conditioner
Bar soap
Play doh
Kids and teen art supplies
Nail polish
Teen self care items
Individually packaged healthy snacks
Hair brushes and hair accessories

Both schools held competitions to see which classes could collect the most prizes. The five winning classrooms won donuts with School Resource Officers Romenesko and Kohl.

“The Fox Valley CAC relies on the community for donations to help support kids and families dealing with child maltreatment and trauma,” said Season Westphal director of the Child Advocacy Center.

“These donations give children an opportunity to have new games, toys, supplies and self-care items that they would otherwise not have access to,” she said. “Many of the children served at the CAC have come from an environment that is not safe or one they had to abruptly leave, without their comfort items and belongings.

“These donated items provide them a sense of comfort and normalcy. We are truly grateful for the community support provided by the Kaukauna school district. On behalf of the Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center, we thank you so much for your stewardship and kindness.”

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.