Deasy PTA, Students & Saint Rocco’s Deliver for Sandy Victims

Every year the Deasy Elementary School PTA organizes a pumpkin patch for its students. When Superstorm Sandy shut down the school for more than a week¬¬¬¬ – effectively canceling all of the school’s Halloween-related activities – PTA officers wondered what they would do with all of the pumpkins they obtained for the patch. Thanks to some quick thinking from the PTA leadership and the generosity of Saint Rocco’s Church, they came up with a plan to turn this negative into a positive. On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 12, members of the PTA, volunteers from Saint Rocco’s and several young students baked loaves of pumpkin bread from the roughly 130 pumpkins left over.

Over the weekend, volunteers carved out, boiled and prepared the pumpkins for the big bake, which yielded more than 50 loaves and seven large sheet cake trays of pumpkin bread. Some Deasy students, joined by their Landing School siblings, volunteered to help out on their day off from school, assisting with the baking, packaging and delivering of the loaves around town, including making deliveries to the Glen Cove Police and Fire Departments as a special thanks to these first responders for their relief efforts during the storm. The majority of the loaves were delivered to areas housing victims of Sandy, including shelters and warming centers tending to the needs of displaced residents of the hard-hit Long Beach community.

PTA co-president Ida Johnson, along with co-president Sandra Potter and Vice President Maria Venuto, organized the effort. Special thanks goes to them, Father Elias from Saint Rocco’s and all of the volunteers who helped out, including Pam Jackson for delivering the loaves to Long Beach.