DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Broome-Tioga BOCES made it once again on 12 News' Southern Tier Selflessness series. This winter students in the school's PTECH, Pathways in Technology Early College High School, program came up with an idea to collect socks, gloves, granola bars, mittens, scarves and more to distribute to locals who need them during the cold weather.
"From the brainstorm came 'Warmth for Winter,'" said PTECH Instructor at Broome-Tioga BOCES, Kelly Vavalle. "[The students] decided they wanted to help people that were less fortunate in our area by giving them socks, and/or hats...things to keep them warm in the winter."
PTECH focuses on either engineering technology, computer science or health studies. The six year program enables students to earn an associate degree while also working toward a high school regents diploma. Students learn through hands-on projects like this one, instead of textbooks.
"This project gave us a new opportunity to interact and learn about each other and give back to the community," said Broome-Tioga BOCES Junior, Clyde Van Dyke. "Not everyone has what we have, and just giving back is just a great experience that we would like to share with everyone else."
Students collected the items to go in the plastic bags, which were donated by Weis Markets. Bags are still being given out this winter to anyone in need, some were given to those who came to UHS General Hospital to stay warm.
"It's about recognizing a population that is a lot of times ignored," explained Junior, Gray Dailey, about those who can't afford warm gear.
"We're saying we know you exist, we're going to do something to try and help you, and know that you do exist when others maybe turning their backs," said Dailey.
As of Friday, the students have made more than 200 bags to give out, and there are still extras!
If you need, or would like to distribute, a free bag to help keep warm this winter, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 News is always looking to share more of your stories of selfless actions in the Southern Tier. If you or anyone you know performs selfless acts for others like the PTECH program at Broome-Tioga BOCES, email, email@example.com