Yorktown Central School District students and staff participated in a number of gift giving and community service events for the holidays.
Operation Santa 2012 was conducted by the central administration, Operations and Maintenance department. They bought and wrapped gifts for a family of six. Operation Grace students involved the entire Yorktown High School and were able to send out letters and collect hundreds of gifts from more than 40 Yorktown High School classes.
Members of the YHS Varsity Hockey Team unloaded moving trucks filled with donated food, clothing and gifts to be distributed to families in need through the Holiday Sharing Drive, which reaches more than 250 families.
All social workers coordinated donations for two local families via the "Holiday Helpers" program. Deb Jackson-May is the chair of the program; Julia Liucci and Joyce McCoy are co-community volunteer chairs. The Yorktown United Methodist Church lets the group use their building to collect and distribute the presents. Some of the other organizations that helped collect the gifts were St. Andrew's Church, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Patrick's, friends and family.
Mildred E. Strang Middle School staff filled wishes of 13 students at Children’s Village, a group home for abused, neglected and homeless children.
The YCT Mildred E. Strang Middle School Bowling Team helped raise more than $6,500 for the Westchester Food Bank via a Bowling Extravaganza.
Brookside Elementary School helped collect hundreds of “Toys for Tots” gifts
Crompond Cares: The student government has collected items for Breezy Point victims; sung holiday songs to residents of Seabury Assisted Living Facility and made holiday cards to be distributed to residents of local nursing homes.