Sharing and caring were in the air as district students and members of the community gathered once again to show support for those in need during the Elmont Dad’s Club annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Nov. 17 at Gotham Avenue School.
Elmont School District Superintendent Al Harper greeted the very spirited crowd of volunteers and expressed his appreciation to all those who came together to help the less fortunate. Brownie troops, soccer players, teachers and administrators were all on hand to lend their support and help box up meals. After the meals were lovingly assembled, volunteers proudly carried them out to waiting school buses for distribution to the local community.
Mr. Harper commented how profound it was to him to think that the annual food drive began 14 years ago with only a handful of volunteers and has now grown into a huge event for the community, with hundreds of people getting involved in this wonderful show of caring. In all, 60 local families received turkeys and all the trimmings before Thanksgiving.
- Clara H. Carlson School Principal Stacia Walfall (left) and Assistant Principal Richard Mansfield (back row, center) are pictured with teachers, staff and student-volunteers, who lent a hand sorting and packing food donations.
- Elmont School District Board of Education trustee Karen Taylor-Bass (back row, left) is pictured with volunteers from Alden Terrace School, including Principal Shawnée Warfield (front, left).
- Girls Scouts from Troop #1335 carried boxes of food to the school buses for delivery.
- Gotham Avenue School Principal Marshall Zucker (back row, third right) and Assistant Principals William Mingo (back row, second right) and Pamela Stamidis (fourth, left) joined teachers and staff to lend a helping hand.
- More than 100 volunteers helped out the Elmont Dad’s Club at its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Photos courtesy of the Elmont School District