GLOVERSVILLE - As children head to classes for the new school year, a group of students from Johnstown is making school life easier for others.
Alyssa Henry, a senior at Johnstown Senior High School, was browsing the Internet one night when a banner that read "dosomething.org" popped up on her screen. Henry was intrigued and opened the link.
That is where Henry got the idea to collect donations - of money or school supplies - in front of Walmart for her alma mater, Glebe Street Elementary School. That's the something Henry decided to do.
Johnstown High School seniors Alex Hollister, right, 17 and Alyssa Henry, 17, remove school supplies from boxes at Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville on Wednesday.
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"One day got rained out, so we had two days of actually standing outside of Walmart. And I had about six friends with me," she said. "... it went really well."
It went so well, in fact, the group was able to expand their school supply donations to all elementary, middle and high schools in Johnstown and Gloversville.
On Wednesday, Henry and fellow Johnstown senior Alex Hollister brought a box to Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville.
School Counselor Susan Grossi accepted the donation on behalf of the school and said it was greatly appreciated.
"Anything that can help [is appreciated]," Grossi said. "A lot of kids do come, and sometimes they don't have items that are requested by the teachers. It starts them off fresh."
The group of Johnstown students raised more than $180 in monetary donations and a plethora of school supplies including but not limited to 730 pens, 423 No. 2 pencils and 200 spiral notebooks.
Hollister said he was happy with the positive response that the group received.
"I thought it was really cool to see people's reactions," he said. "Some people shrugged it off, but some people who weren't really well-off went out of their way. Even if they spent 17 cents on a spiral notebook, it really helped. I thought that was a really big thing. I thought that was really nice to see - helping other people out."
Hollister said people from every age group made donations, not just parents with children in school.