Southwestern teachers encourage students to share in their passion for helping others in the community. This year, there have been many collaborative efforts between the teachers and students at SWCS. Mark Kirsch and his photography students recently dedicated their time to make the Help Portrait Project a success. This project gave people in the community, who may not have normally had a chance, an opportunity to have their portraits taken with professional quality. Art students in Renee Mitchener and Jenny Brown's classes participated in the Empty Bowls Project to raise money for St. Susan Center to help in the fight against hunger in our community. Recently, under the guidance of Wyn Imfeld, Diane LaGrega and Caitlyn Salter, students in Middle School Home and Careers and Honor Society participated in a Popcorn Fundraiser for Susan G. Colman in honor of Sharon Underwood. Tiffany Barton and the Southwestern Middle School Honor Society also participated in a fundraiser selling paw prints to raise money for the Chautauqua Humane Society. Students and staff also participated in fundraisers such as Pennies for Patients raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Angel Tree in order to supply Christmas gifts for families in need, and countless other fundraisers throughout the 2011-2012 school year. It has been a busy year for the Southwestern Central School students and staff, but the collaborative efforts have been both worthwhile and rewarding for everyone involved.