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Greenburgh Students Collect For Thanksgiving Food Drive

From left, Greenburgh students Gabrielle Sabia, Elijah Cintron and Teisha Hyman stand with R.J. Bailey School student government adviser Jeannemarie Cregan and the food they will deliver to the Food Bank for Westchester.
From left, Greenburgh students Gabrielle Sabia, Elijah Cintron and Teisha Hyman stand with R.J. Bailey School student government adviser Jeannemarie Cregan and the food they will deliver to the Food Bank for Westchester. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Just because you're young doesn't mean you can't make a difference, which is what Greenburgh middle school students proved by putting together a food drive to donate to the Food Bank for Westchester for Thanksgiving.

Even though some of R.J. Bailey School's sixth-grade student government representatives had lost food themselves when it was spoiled by Hurricane Sandy's power outages, they still wanted to give back to the community through a food drive. Gabrielle Sabia, the sixth-grade student government president, joined other students in making fliers, encouraging their classmates and teachers to donate and collecting nonperishable foods for the food drive, which began on Nov. 13.

"I really think I can make a difference in the school," Sabia said. "I want to help make it better."

By the end of the food drive, boxes of donated food had filled the car of Jeannemarie Cregan, the student government adviser and R.J. Bailey staff member who will deliver it to the food bank this week. Cregan said the students make her job easy — they're constantly approaching the staff with ideas on how they can help the community.

Several weeks ago, students approached Cregan with the idea to collect money for Hurricane Sandy victims. Throughout the year, R.J. Bailey also will collect money for Habitat for Humanity that will go toward building a home in Greenburgh.

"I think it's fabulous the kids have come up with so many wonderful ideas," Cregan said. "We have a principal that really empowers the kids."

Student government representative Elijah Cintron said he enjoyed lending a hand to the community — it's important to help out, even when it means you won't be getting anything in return, he said.

"It really doesn't matter if you're doing something to get something back. You should still do something to help," Cintron said.

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