Students and staff throughout the William Floyd School District have once again spread lots of cheer this holiday season through collecting and donating toys and food for those less fortunate in our community and bringing the gift of song as the William Floyd High School “Soundsations” did for the residents of the Brookhaven Care Center in Patchogue under the direction of music teacher Barbara D’Orio.
(Above) William Paca Middle School partnered with the William Floyd Family Center for Project Toy and hosted a toy and coat drive. Faculty, staff, students and their families donated more than 90 coats, collected an abundance of gifts for "Project Toy" and the National Junior Honor Society adopted a local family for the holiday season.
The Moriches Elementary School Student Council conducted a Thanksgiving food drive for Colonial Youth as well as collected more than $100 to purchase turkeys. The student council also held a toy drive for the William Floyd Family Center's "Project Toy" program. Moriches teachers and staff also adopted several families through Colonial Youth & Family Services for their annual adopt-a-family program. Moriches Elementary also has a clothing closet which has distributed several coats, hats and gloves already to those in need. The closet includes coats, shoes and clothes and donations are collected and distributed throughout the year.
Also at Tangier Smith Elementary School (above), the fifth-grade student council decorated box tops for residents of a local nursing home and included pictures and sayings to bring smiles to their faces. Teaching assistant Wendy Gottlieb and her family purchased personal hygiene and fun items to fill the boxes with and delivered them to bring residents some joy this holiday season.
(Below) For a holiday-themed geography unit, students in Jenna Haskins' class at William Floyd Elementary School signed up for the gingerbread exchange program with many other teachers from across the United States. Ms. Haskins was matched up with 22 teachers and exchanged student-created gingerbread people (made of paper) along with a letter about the William Floyd School District community and their classroom. Students sent out letters and gingerbread people early in December to make sure they reached the classrooms in time before the winter break. From California to Florida, and many places in between, students were connected through the holiday spirit. Students were so excited each day to receive letters in the mail and to learn about how far the letter traveled to reach them. Ms. Haskins connected map skills taught in social studies to the different states they received their packages from. Students organized their letters outside their classroom on a map, showing exactly where the gingerbread people came from. Ms. Haskins and the class discussed the compass rose, cardinal, and intermediate directions with this activity (pictures below).