During the Holiday Season
During this Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Sayville students, along with school district personnel, faculty, staff, and parents, showed remarkable generosity through a variety of districtwide drives that help those less fortunate.
- Bringing joy and good cheer to so many children this year, our High School held its annual Holiday Toy Drive, sponsored by the Senior Class. The outpouring of donations from the school community allowed the seniors to collect approximately 200 presents for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation which services children in hospitals and child-care facilities as well as families across the Island.Senior Class officers T. Bordeau, D. Hartnett, H. Nicolino, K. Schnieder, C. Whitehurst worked with Class Advisor (not in photo) Amy Thomas and Mike Pace to collect toys for children in need.
- Sayville District Office staff collected over 50 gifts for local families with their annual Adopt-A-Family.
- Once the Cherry Avenue Student Council received this year’s wish list from needy families, the students created special cut-out ornaments—each depicting one specific wish—for decorating the Giving Tree. After, Cherry Avenue families were invited to an evening event around the Giving Tree to select those ornaments and accept the mission of fulfilling the gift ideas.
“Cherry Avenue families and staff generously supplied over 100 presents for five families in time for the holidays,” said school social worker Noemi Barczak. The students who helped sort the gifts included Avery Rosado who said, “I think it’s nice because then kids have something to look forward to on Christmas,” while Christopher Pitre said, “I like it because it makes kids happy and the gifts keep them company.”
- At Lincoln Avenue, New unwrapped books were placed by many Lincoln Avenue students under the Giving Tree in the main entrance hallway. Every child who donated a book was given an ornament that was used to decorate the tree.
This unwrapped book program was done in conjunction with the annual Lights of Love program. Lincoln Avenue Social Worker Lauri Carluccio organized the Lights of Love program that helped give families in need a happy holiday. Lincoln Avenue families and staff chose a “light” with a child’s gift preference, and once the gift was purchased, it was dropped off to Lincoln Avenue and delivered in time for the holidays.
- Sunrise Drive Community Service activities included:
- Over 300 gifts which were collected for local needy families as well as for the soldiers deployed overseas from our annual Giving Tree Drive;
- 25 boxes of goodies were sent to our troops for Veterans Day with letters from students and staff (See insert. Excerpt from one serviceman);
- 10 Thanksgiving baskets were assembled for local needy families;
- Student Council students were asked to earn $1 to $5 by doing chores that would raise money to buy turkeys—Olivia Boucher, Kylie Buck and Emily Benedetto raised $65 by recycling bottles and cans;
- $12,000 was raised during our annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser;
- Girl Scout Troop 1361 baked goods and delivered them to Ronald McDonald house on 11/11/11—Emma Clark, Morgan Zane, Michaela Re, Victoria Eavolino, Rhyan Christiansen, Diana Raden, Katie Menze, Meghan McLaughlin, Julia Zaun, Grace Bennett, Jennifer O’Leary;
- Wendy Barrick participated in the Hampton Triathlon which benefitted Breast Cancer Research;
- Denise Philp cycled to Montauk Point for the victims of the Medford Pharmacy Shooting;
- 18 staff members are mentors to students in the building..