Yonkers students celebrate season by giving back

December 13, 2013 by  

Students attending public schools across Yonkers learned to celebrate the holiday season this year by helping others in need.

A number of schools, including Yonkers Montessori Academy, Foxfire School, and the Robert C. Dodson School collected food for donations to area nonprofits. Dodson students donated foods to the Sharing Community, an organization that runs more than 18 programs to help hungry, ill, and homeless people in Yonkers.

Foxfire School and Montessori Academy students participated in food drives, collecting donations to give families turkey and other foods needed for a holiday meal. Bernard P. Pierorazio issued a statement, saying that the schools were honoring what he described as:

“Our country’s tradition of giving thanks, our community’s cultural mosaic, and our shared ability to enhance the lives of others.”

To recognize the efforts of its students, the district could use banner printing to produce a sign thanking the students.

Yonkers area schools have turned their attention to those in need around the world. Students are working with the A Foundation on its “Pack (for) Philippines” project, which involces shipping relief supplies and medicines to the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The Yonkers school district also joined forces with area groups to collect sleepwear and books for kids as part of the Pajama Program. Donated pajamas will be given to children through groups such as the Yonkers Public Schools Community Closet, the Andrus Children’s Home, and Leake & Watts Center.

Students at Yonkers Montessori School also brought holiday joy to seniors. On December 10, a group of third grade students sang holiday favorites to residents of Curran Court.