YONKERS, N.Y. -- Welcoming the holiday season, festivities throughout Yonkers Public Schools combined a celebration of the community’s diversity with philanthropic efforts.
“Our country’s tradition of giving thanks, our community’s cultural mosaic, and our shared ability to enhance the lives of others -- these are the gifts our schools are honoring,” said Superintendent of Schools Bernard P. Pierorazio in a statement.
Food was donated by the Robert C. Dodson School to the Sharing Community, a nonprofit that operates over 18 programs for the homeless, hungry and ill residents of southwest Yonkers.
Ensuring local families in need enjoyed a meal on this national holiday, schools like Yonkers Montessori Academy and Foxfire School rallied their communities for annual food drives, providing families with a turkey and trimmings.
The district joined other local agencies, including the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, in partnering with the Pajama Program, collecting pajamas and books for children.
Donations from Yonkers students, staff and residents will benefit youngsters served by local organizations such as the Andrus Children's Home, Leake & Watts Center, and Yonkers Public Schools Community Closet.
Many schools throughout the district are now focused on assisting the A Foundation with its "Pack (for) Philippines" initiative to collect and ship medical and humanitarian relief supplies to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
“This is just a sample of the dedicated efforts made by our students, staff and families to facilitate outreach to those in need, whether on a local or global scale,” said Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh in a release.
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