Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut

  • If you would like to make a donation to the SleepOut, please make the check payable to Ken-Ton Schools - E.T.C. and send it to the Ken-Ton School District Administration Building, 1500 Colvin Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14223.

    Thank you to everyone who supported the 35th Annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut!

    Congratulations to Deb Finamore who won the raffle for the Amish quilt!

    Click here to view the Michael Kollmar tribute

    Click here to view the E.T.C. SleepOut presentation

    The 35th Annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' Sleepout will take place Friday, February 4th at the Hoover Complex (Sheridan Drive entrance) beginning at 8 p.m. All donations will stay in the Ken-Ton community and go to two homegrown Ken-Ton organizations that serve the needs of families:


    • Ken-Ton Closet: Provides new and gently used clothing and everyday necessities for hundreds of Ken-Ton children and families, at its site in the former Jefferson Elementary building
    • Family Support Center: Provides individual and family counseling, connections to local mental health service providers, and transportation to appointments (also addresses food insecurity through its on-site food pantry) for hundreds of Ken-Ton School District families, at the former Longfellow School behind Kenmore Middle School
    The SleepOut is organized by Educators Totally Committed (E.T.C.), a group of retired Ken-Ton School District teachers dedicated to inspiring students to help those in need, and is named in honor of one of its founders, the late Jerry Starr, who was always known for putting others before himself.
    All those in attendance will receive a raffle ticket to win a beautiful Amish quilt that was generously donated for the event. Those who choose to “sleep out” will spend the night outside in refrigerator boxes to raise awareness about the struggles faced by the homeless and the importance of helping those in need in our community. If you have any questions, are interested in sleeping out for this event, or supporting the SleepOut in other ways, contact Steve Ash at 716-694-4492 or
    How to Support the SleepOut:
    • Donate online via GoFundMe
    • Cash/checks made payable to “Ken-Ton Schools – E.T.C." sent via U.S. Mail to Ken-Ton Schools’ SleepOut, c/o Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Pkwy., Buffalo, NY 14223
    • Dropped off in person the day of the SleepOut (monetary donations, food, personal care items, new/gently used clothing and small furniture items will be accepted)
    • Staff can also donate in the following ways:
      • Interoffice delivery to the address listed above
      • Given to a KTA SleepOut building representative:
        • Administrative Building - Teresa Crawford
        • Edison ES - Bill Hall
        • Franklin ES - Debbie Kucinski
        • Franklin MS - Mary Ricotta
        • Holmes ES - Dave Smith
        • Hoover ES - Jennifer Lynch
        • Hoover MS - Jeanette Costello
        • Kenmore East HS - Nicole Pauly-Rejewski
        • Kenmore Middle - Tiffany VanDewater
        • Kenmore West HS - Nicole Harned
        • Lindbergh ES - Tom LarRussa 
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