Number of Participants: 500
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $8,450
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: December 20, 2023
Elementary students and staff from across the Bethpage Union Free School District are making a difference in the lives of others this holiday season.
Members of Central Boulevard Elementary School’s student council organized a toy drive and pajama drive for those in need. Students in grades K-2 were asked to donate an unwrapped toy which was collected by the Bethpage Fire Department. Meanwhile, students in grades 3-5 were asked to donate new pajamas as part of the Scholastic Reading Club’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. This annual drive supports the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that gives new pajamas and books to children in need. All donated pajamas are matched with a book which is donated by Scholastic.
At Charles Campagne Elementary School, members of the student government also organized a toy drive. The school community successfully donated almost 100 toys to the Bethpage Fire Department. These toys will be distributed to multiple local charities for children. Santa, traveling by firetruck, recently stopped by both Charles Campagne Elementary School and Central Boulevard Elementary School to collect the toy donations.
Families, staff and faculty members at Kramer Lane Elementary School also celebrated the season of giving by supporting Kramer Lane families in need. The school created a giving tree with ornaments containing anonymous information about a child to give back to. Participants bought a gift for the child on the ornament that they picked. These gifts will be gathered and given to Kramer Lane families in need to make their holiday brighter.
The district thanks all the generous students, staff and families who supported these charitable projects.
1) Central Boulevard Student Council members received a visit from Santa Claus (top left) who collected their toy donations to give to children in need.
2) Charles Campagne students were thrilled to see Santa Claus who picked up their toy donations.
3) Central Boulevard students helped give Santa all the toys they collected during their toy drive.
Photos courtesy of the Bethpage Union Free School District