DeWitt Road Elementary School recently held an assembly where students and faculty shared some of the results of recent community service drives.
Spearheaded by the second-graders, the school community brought in 68 sets of new pajamas for the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need. Target donated a $150 gift card that was used to purchase an additional 12 pairs of PJs. For every pair of pajamas donated, Scholastic books will give the Pajama Program a matching donation of one book.
During the assembly, the second-graders, dressed in their own pajamas, shared that many children in shelters sleep in their clothes for lack for jammies. The pajamas were given to a nearby shelter.
The school also celebrated raising $445.18 for Relay for Life Relay Recess. These funds were gained a coin at a time as students and staff used them to cast their votes for their favorite crazy sweater. Several staff members made or brought fun holiday-themed sweaters to school for the contest. Students and staff would use spare change to cast their votes for their favorites. While Kristine Skarzynski’s crocheted sweater featuring the heads of Rudolph, Hermey and the Abominable Snow Monster won the contest.
Still others in the community will be helped from the hat and mitten drive sponsored by the fourth grade. They have asked the student body and staff to help by donating new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves. As the donations have poured in, the fourth-graders and their teachers have hung them along the hall as a visual reminder for others to bring in more winter accessories.