Giving Thanks & Giving Back

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Schools throughout Glen Cove celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday and took time out to give thanks for what they have, while also spending time helping others in need.

Among the multiple food drives and relief efforts to help those in need – particularly in the wake of Superstorm Sandy – Gribbin Elementary School families and staff members made generous donations to assist local families in need as a result of the storm.  Rather than just collecting turkeys and non-perishable items for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Gribbin School collected coats, blankets, warm clothing, and any non-perishable food items to be distributed to families¬¬ all in just four days! The collected items were distributed to Gribbin families and to the Church of Saint Rocco’s to further distribute throughout the community.  

Meanwhile, down the hallway, first-graders in Giselle Taylor's class created a video about their experience with Sandy, illustrating and narrating a summative account of the crisis from a first grader's perspective using Quick Time software.  It was a way to express their feelings and decompress their fears in the days after coming back from such an extraordinary event, leading into Thanksgiving. The group also recorded what they should be thankful for and even created colorful turkey-style breadbaskets, while baking delicious cornbread in the spirit of the holiday.

Additionally at Gribbin, students in Vanessa Broglia’s and Amanda Barchi’s classes also contributed non-perishable items to donate to families in need. During their Thanksgiving celebration, the students each stated what they were thankful for as they placed their item in the donation box.

At Connolly Elementary School, staff and PTA members, as well as school community members reached out to local businesses to organize generous food baskets consisting of a variety of foods for families in need. Despite the strained resources as a result of the storm, the school was able to surpass last year’s effort by providing 13 families with a turkey, complete with all of the trimmings while touching more than 70 people overall. Connolly School psychologist Dr. Seele coordinated the effort and the Glen Cove Youth Bureau contributed some turkeys as well.

At Deasy Elementary School, students, their families and a nearby Greek Orthodox Church organized 40 large Home Goods shopping bags stuffed with food, which they donated to local families in need. First-grade teacher Meryl Gordon helped to coordinate the effort.

Overall, the tragedy of the storm combined with the giving spirit of the season provided students with an additional inspiration to show their true character and reflect on what they have, and what they can achieve when they band together to help others.