Return to Headlines

OBEN Spreads Cheer to those in Need

In true Baymen form, students throughout the District were thinking of others in various ways, especially those who were impacted by the health crisis. They conducted food drives and toy drives to ensure those less fortunate in the community were able to celebrate with a nice dinner and gifts. They collected cold-weather items to keep others warm this winter, and they collected pet items to keep our furry friends happy.

Student Councils at both Oyster Bay High School and James H. Vernon School led the charge to collect items for food and toy drives, while social worker Ms. Yennifer Muriel coordinated similar drives at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. 

Also at Vernon, students in the Leaders Club led by social worker Ms. Denise Ferrazano and school psychologist Ms. Persefoni Andronikos collected 126 coats as well as other cold-weather items for others in the community. The club also initiated a pet supply collection to benefit animals at Bobbi & the Strays Animal Shelter.

Hundreds of toys from the high school were donated to the Interreligious Human Needs Council of Oyster Bay, then brought to the First Presbyterian Church where families were able to pick them up, according to advisors Ms. Danielle Urtheil and Ms. Deanna Cali.  Toys from Vernon and Roosevelt schools also benefitted Oyster Bay families.

“It is a lot of fun collecting the toys and giving them to those in need,” said sixth-grader Ryan Brush, President of the Vernon Student Council. “It’s good that kids from our school gave all these toys so that others can enjoy them and have fun,” added fifth-grader Trevor Fairbend, Vernon Student Council co-treasurer.  According to Vernon’s Student Council advisor, Ms. Diana Hauser, the students at Vernon collected nearly 300 toys. Two classes that contributed the most were acknowledged with a small prize.

Many thanks to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich learning community for their generosity.

hs toy drive  vernon toy drive

Toy drives were led by OBHS and Vernon Student Council members.

leader club coats  pet drive

The Vernon Leaders Club led a coat drive for the community and one for pet supplies for sheltered animals.