Number of Participants: 500
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $4,225
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: November 24, 2020
For this year’s Thanksgiving, the sixth grade English Language Arts (ELA) classes led their peers in a Community Service Project inspired by the historical fiction novel they recently finished reading, Bud, Not Buddy. The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a 10-year-old orphan living in foster care during the Great Depression resonated with the students. Recognizing the hardships triggered by the pandemic, the six graders decided to focus on helping Long Island foster care families in need by donating non-perishable food items and supermarket gift cards. Baldwin Middle School students collected five boxes and a dozen bags worth of goods, which were then sent to SCO Family of Services, a not-for-profit dedicated to finding safe homes and caring families for children who have been placed in the foster care system. The donations will help give the foster care children and their families the warm and plentiful Thanksgiving feast they deserve.
Other Thanksgiving Activities Across the District
Brookside Elementary School will hold their annual Turkey Trot by class this year. Students will bring in canned goods to a local charity to be determined by the Student Council.
Meadow Elementary School hosted a couple of different fundraisers to give to families in need during the holiday season, including donations to Island Harvest.
Baldwin High School’s Class of 2021 also held a food drive, where donations will go to St. Christopher’s Pantry in Baldwin.
At Plaza, in lieu of the Annual Food Drive and Giving Tree, families contributed to “Dollars for Dinners” which will be used to purchase Thanksgiving meals for Baldwin families in need.