Petaluma Argus Courier Daniel ChijnackiPublished: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.
Incoming St. Vincent High School senior Daniel Chojnacki spent his last week of summer a bit differently than most incoming students.

Last week, he dropped off a truck-full of school supplies, from backpacks to binders to lunchboxes, at the Committee on the Shelterless, where they were set to be distributed to needy children.

Chojnacki, 17, has been spending his summers gathering supplies and donations in coordination with COTS since he was in ninth grade.

At that time, a teacher suggested that he organize a school drive to gather used supplies from students cleaning out their lockers at the end of the year.

He did so, but realized that he would also like to provide needy children with new items that they could call their own, said Chojnacki’s mother, Joan Chojnacki.

So he coordinated with staff at COTS to see what supplies children there needed, and then spent the summer gathering monetary and other donations through his church, and raising extra money through recycling.

This year, as a result of his efforts, 28 children will head to school with new notebooks, binders, and lunch boxes that they would not otherwise have had.