During the last two months, with the Christmas holiday season in full swing and a desire to spread holiday cheer, students in the Plainedge School District conducted a variety of community service projects.
At Plainedge High School, the National Honor Society coordinated a food drive called "Can Wars." Students in each grade level, along with their teachers, brought in non-perishable food items and competed to see who could donate the most. With 525 cans collected in total, it was the senior class that came out on top. In total, the school collected more than 997 cans for the YES Community Council.
Additionally, at the high school, the PTA and sophomore class coordinated a winter coat drive, the International Club held a fundraiser event for the North Shore Animal League and participated in a toy, clothing, book, and food drive with United Skates, and the English Honor Society sponsored a toiletry collection drive for United Skates. For the coat drive, the high school collected 116 gently warn coats. The items collected by the International Club and English Honor Society were donated to United Skates for their Second Annual Christmas Eve party for less-fortunate families in Nassau and Suffolk.
Plainedge Middle School's student council sponsored a Toys for Tots dance and the SADD Club sponsored 77 needy children and adults through their participation in Holiday Magic. During the dance, students in attendance were asked to bring an unwrapped toy. In addition to those donations, members of the Plainedge Soccer Club also opened their hearts and donated a number of items to the cause. For the Holiday Magic program, several teachers and 40 students took a trip to Target to shop for the families on the list and volunteered to wrap the gifts.
At John H. West Elementary School, the school's student council coordinated a holiday card drive. As many soldiers are overseas this holiday season, the students wanted to do something to brighten their day and thought that holiday wishes from home could do the trick. The finished cards were sent to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to the card drive, the student council was also involved in a holiday donation drive for United Skates. On Christmas Eve the roller rink is hosting a dinner for needy families on Long Island and West students collected winter "accessories" to donate to these families.
Students at both Schwarting and Eastplain Elementary Schools experienced the joy of giving when the schools' student councils organized toy drives. At Eastplain, the toys collected were donated to United Skates for the Christmas Eve dinner while at Schwarting, the donations went to benefit families from the school.