Harter Secrest & Emery Gives Gift of Warmth to Local Students in Rochester and Buffalo

Rochester and Buffalo, New York, November 17, 2023 – With Thanksgiving, the holiday season, and Western New York’s notorious winter weather nearly upon us, attorneys and representatives from Harter Secrest & Emery LLP recently made special deliveries to local students in Rochester and Buffalo.

In Rochester, the firm donated nearly 150 winter hats and nearly 125 pairs of gloves to students at the Rochester City School District’s Flower City School #54. Harter Secrest & Emery representatives presented the donated items to members of the school’s administration and Student Council for distribution among all grade levels. Meanwhile, representatives from the firm’s Buffalo office delivered over 200 winter clothing items, including hats, gloves, mittens, and neck warmers in a variety of sizes to administrators at Lafayette International Community High School #207, located on the city’s West Side.

All of the items were collected during donation drives at Harter Secrest & Emery’s Rochester and Buffalo offices, which were organized and led by members of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Harter Secrest & Emery worked with officials from each school to organize the donation drives to help prevent a “snowball effect” related to student attendance and performance during the colder months. Many children at both schools walk to and from school, sometimes at distances up to 1.5 miles. Without adequate winter clothing, some students may face increased risk of illness and frostbite, as well as an impeded ability to learn and perform in the classroom.

Knowing that a simple act of kindness can have a meaningful impact for students and families in our communities made the donation drives very special and important for everyone at our firm,” said Jodi A. Reynolds, Counsel in Harter Secrest & Emery’s Intellectual Property practice and Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, who helped organize the hat and glove donation drives. “A winter hat and a pair of gloves are commonplace items in some households, but many students have to walk to school without them. We hope our donations provide the students an extra layer of warmth and protection so they can go to school and achieve their best even when the weather turns cold.”

Flower City School #54 serves students in Gades Pre-K-6. The school promotes a safe and caring learning environment where students can celebrate culture and diversity. Through restorative practices, the school fosters a community of collaboration where all are valued. Flower City School honors student achievement and provides positive experiences to help all members of the school community develop deep-rooted talents and skills for continuous learning.

Lafayette International Community High School offers educational programs in grades 9-12 geared toward refugee and immigrant students who have arrived in the United States within the past four years. The school’s curriculum is based on project-based learning, with a focus on accommodations and career programs for English language learners. The building serves as a community school for Buffalo’s greater West Side community, offering community and family educational programs after school hours and on select weekends.

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