Senior School Collects Two Carloads of Food and Medical Supplies for Ukraine

Students with supplies collected for UkraineA student-led drive at Shady Side Academy Senior School drive to collect non-perishable food items and medical supplies for those impacted by the war in Ukraine yielded two carloads of donations.

The drive was held from March 7-17, 2022, and spearheaded by junior Maya Leyzarovich. It was part of a multi-pronged effort by student leaders in the Service Learning and International Clubs, including sophomore Veronica Koval, freshman Avery Litwin and sophomore Sophia Sandholm, to educate the Senior School community about the war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, which also included a teach-in and a bake sale.

Items collected for the supply drive included protein bars, wrapped cracker packs, water purifying tabs, nut packets, dry cereal, fruit pouches, jerky, peanut butter, gum, canned food, plastic utensils, and items for first aid kits. The two carloads of donations were delivered over Spring Break by Leyzarovich and Service Learning Club advisor Lindsey Myers to Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie, which is shipping the relief items to Ukraine.

Leyzarovich, who has both Ukrainian and Russian heritage, said "My great grandma on my mom's side of the family and my grandpa on my dad's side of the family are both from Ukraine. While most of my family is from Russia, here in Pittsburgh we have a lot of close friends that are both Russian and Ukrainian. My parents saw some of their friends post about the collection at the church and so we wanted to contribute as well. Both of my parents held collections at their work offices, and we held a collection for our neighborhood. After seeing the support from my neighborhood, I thought it was a good idea to implement the same initiative at our school. I hope that people can realize that they can still help those impacted by war even if it seems distant or challenging to really to help. I could never imagine living in the situations that many people have to live through in Ukraine right now, and I wanted to help in any way I possibly could. The church is doing a really great thing. This all really would not have been possible without their initiative. It is powerful to see so many people coming together to help support those impacted by the war in Ukraine."

Congratulations to Maya and all of the students for their successful efforts!

Read the Trib article about the students' efforts to support Ukraine relief.

Donations for Ukraine

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