Heavy Equipment morning class Heavy Equipment afternoon class  

In the spirt of the season, the Heavy Equipment Class at the Charles H. Bohlen Technical Center in Watertown is giving back to the local area. Students in both the morning and afternoon classes donated over $1200 worth of items that have been given to two local nonprofits. The donations were made during Giving Tuesday, November 29.

The students were able to donate 90 toys and critical needs items to the Watertown Urban Mission. Forty three pet items were donated to the Jefferson County SPCA. 

“There are so many kids that don’t have a Christmas present, and the Urban Mission helps so many people in the community. We just feel it puts a smile on the kids’ faces,” says Steven Martin, Teaching Assistant, Heavy Equipment. “And the SPCA is an organization we believe in.”

Both the Watertown Urban Mission and the Jefferson County SCPA expressed gratitude to the students and faculty for the donation.

“The generosity and hard work of the students in the BOCES Heavy Equipment class is truly inspiring. The gifts that they have provided will change the lives of their peers in need this Christmas,” says Joanna Loomis, Executive Director, Watertown Urban Mission. “Unfortunately, all too often, local families struggle to make ends meet, even though many parents work one or more jobs. This generous support will help make it possible for all children to have a present to open under the Christmas tree this year. Thank you!” 

“We at the SPCA are grateful for the type of spirit and the dedication to community that is fostered at BOCES,” says Doug Marlow, Executive Director, Jefferson County SCPA. “The Heavy Equipment students demonstrated their level of care and commitment to animal care and nurturing by donating many items that are always needed at our shelter.  We are grateful to them and their instructors.”