A Season of Giving

Throughout the month of December, district students and staff members engaged in a wide range of community service activities and collection drives. As a result of their collective generosity and warm hearts, this holiday season will be made a little brighter for many Long Island families.

At Academy Street Elementary School, the peer leaders put their creativity to the test and fashioned original handmade holiday cards for the senior citizens living at a local facility in East Islip. During their early morning meeting, the students wrote messages of hope and holiday wishes in their colorfully decorated cards.

As part of a Giving Tree program, Blue Point Elementary School students and staff members selected paper ornaments listing a person’s age, gender and a wished-for item and helped to grant those individuals’ wishes this holiday. Additionally, continuing with their work to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the students participated in a Kids Helping Kids program. Students donated items such as hats, gloves and health supplies that began with the first letter of their last name, to this worthy cause.

Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students once again participated in The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Through the program, the students donated new sets of pajamas to which Scholastic Book Club matched each pair with a book and donated the set to the Pajama Program National Headquarters. The pajamas and books were then distributed by the program to children in need throughout the country. Additionally, as part of Operation Sandy Clause, Sylvan Avenue students created holiday stockings for families who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The completed stockings included a wide range of toiletry items.

James Wilson Young Middle School students in Bob Donarummo’s Introduction to Technology class, used hand and electric tools to construct approximately 90 7-inch tall wooden teddy bears for the Lighthouse Mission, a mission facility in Patchogue that helps to feed the hungry and help the homeless. The project, which was coordinated as part of the class’s Mass Production of Goods unit of study, helped to reinforce the lessons the students were learning about the production process.

Bayport-Blue Point High School’s student council organized a schoolwide holiday drive for the individuals at John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank. Soliciting donations off the residents’ wish lists as well as gift cards, the student council collected and sorted the large number of donations before delivering the packages to the residents just before the holiday break.