Number of Participants: 23
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $777
Event Amount Raised: $1,800
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: January 10, 2018
Bowling Green Elementary School
Stewart Avenue, Westbury
The fifth-graders in Jennifer Abshire’s class at Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow School District came together in the spirit of the season when they wrapped toys for 26 families as part of the school’s “Hope for the Holidays” toy drive.
Over the course of three weeks, students, staff and administrators raised more than $1,800 for the toy drive through two schoolwide fundraisers. On “Cozy Day,” students and faculty were encouraged to wear pajamas and donate $1 to decorate a heart for display in the school’s lobby. Continuing the comfortable dress theme, the second fundraiser, “Jeans for Joy,” asked faculty to wear jeans on a designated Friday to make their contribution. In addition, teachers and staff could sponsor a student to donate to the holiday drive.
After all donations were collected, Ms. Abshire’s class visited Toys R Us in Carle Place to purchase gifts for local families.
Listening to holiday music and wearing festive clothes, the fifth-graders gathered in groups to wrap the presents, which included Play-Doh sets, Legos, coloring books, racecars and a princess dress chest.
1) The fifth-graders in Jennifer Abshire’s class at Bowling Green Elementary School wrapped toys for 26 families as part of the school’s “Hope for the Holidays” drive.
2) Bowling Green Elementary School fifth-graders (from left) Gabriella Palmeri, Valentina Kesabian, Jessica Somyak and Rosanna Destefano wrapped presents for local families.
3) Bowling Green Elementary School fifth-graders (clockwise from left) Brayden Chan, Elijah Richard, Joe Servider and Matthew Francisci posed for a picture with the toys they had wrapped.
Photos courtesy of the East Meadow Union Free School District