Food Drives Help Those in Need at Thanksgiving
Students and staff in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District came together to help those less fortunate enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner. Student Council members at Oyster Bay High School and James H. Vernon School led food drives, and the Roosevelt Elementary School community donated food through a drive coordinated by the school social worker.
Oyster Bay High School collected about 40 boxes of non-perishable food items, according to Student Council advisor and school counselor Ms. Deanna Cali. With the assistance of the middle level Student Council, 10 Stop and Shop Gift cards worth $20 each were purchased to help families purchase turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinner.
Vernon School Student Council President Luke Aasheim said, “Each class brought in about 50-60 items. We collected about 1,000 items altogether.”
In order to spark some friendly competition, the Vernon Student Council runs a contest, according to Student Council advisor Ms. Diana Hauser, a fifth-grade teacher. The class that brings in the most food wins an ice cream party. This year’s winner was Mr. Frank Sommo’s fifth-grade class with 304 item donated.
The food drive at Roosevelt Elementary School was part of Kindness Week where the school promoted, “I Can, You Can Be Kind,” according to school social worker and coordinator of the drive, Ms. Migdalia Rosario. “At Roosevelt we believe that every act of kindness matters,” she said.
To that end, hundreds of canned and non-perishable food items were donated by students and staff to help others in the community. Food collected from all three schools benefit Oyster Bay and East Norwich families through the Interreligious Human Needs Council.
The Oyster Bay High School Student Council displays the food they collected for those in need.
The James H. Vernon School Student Council prepares to pack up the food they collected.