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Young Greenburgh Students Get Into Giving Spirit

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Anyone walking into Highview Elementary School, Lee F. Jackson School or the Early Childcare Program could see the students' holiday spirit. As the schools collected non-perishables at the main entrance, extra donation boxes had to be added to hold the overflow of food.

This year, the Greenburgh Central 7 School District invited their three youngest schools to think of others this holiday season as they participated in a three-school food drive. The students brought in cereal, crackers, mashed potato mix and pureed pumpkin, along with other foods. The food was donated to the Community Action Program's food pantry at the Theodore D. Young Community Center on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We got lots of food," said Cheryl Ferrara, a social worker at the schools. "Hopefully the food pantry will be well-stocked so that families that are in need of food over the holidays will have a place to go and get food if they need it."

The students, parents and teachers donated such an abundance of boxed and canned goods that the community center's food collector had to make several trips over a two-day period because there were so many donations.

"There was a lot," said Ferrara. "A lot of cans and a lot of boxes. They were really supportive."

The three schools combined have over 700 students who participated in the food collection.

"This is the first year that we've expanded it to the others two buildings," said Evette Ayala, a social worker at the Early Childcare Program, of Highview and Jackson, "We wanted to make it more expansive for the community."

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