The Southwestern Central School teachers and staff are always looking for ways to reach out to our community. As Lydia M. Child, famous abolitionist, once said, "An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves." This is the exact sentiment of the teacher's and staff at Southwestern Central School. Being able to help other organizations and individuals in our area is a privilege. This year, Southwestern Central School teachers and staff have helped the Salvation Army by ringing bells at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club during the holiday season. Various teachers have participated in charity walks to raise money for non-profit organizations like the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center, & the Vision Beyond Sight Foundation, the March of Dimes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Fund. Art teachers have donated their skills to paint faces at the March of Dimes, create chairs to be auctioned off for Heritage Ministries, and make props for local dance recitals. Beyond this, teachers and staff have come together to raise funds for the American Cancer Association and the American Brain Tumor Association. Additionally, the STAR (STA Reads) program is an ongoing summer initiative in which the STA (Southwestern Teacher's Association) donates books to local doctors' offices during the summer months in order for them to distribute to the children when they come for their appointments. This is to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to promote literacy in our youth. "The mission of the Southwestern Central School District is to develop students' potential for positive contributions to society as self-sustaining individuals. To accomplish this mission, the administration and staff will be models in the pursuit of excellence and will provide appropriate learning environments which encourage respect for self, others, school and community." As the 2011-12 school year comes to a close we find teachers and staff already planning for positive contributions in the community for the 2012-13 school year.