Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Coat Drive

We had another friendly little competition during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each homeroom tried to bring in as many coats as possible for donation. We tracked the daily results on a prominent bulletin board and watched the magic unfold. My homeroom (Washington) not only brought in the most cans for our canned food drive but won this one by a landslide. All in all, our school brought in almost 600 coats! 

It has been pretty amazing to watch my kids rally around the spirit of helping others. They kept coming back to the fact that they love joining together for good and cheering each other on as each can and each coat was brought in.

This morning, we took a bus from Harlem to the West Village to deliver the goods. Bag after bag after bag was unloaded and thrown down the assembly line of kids, stretching from the bus to the drop site.

We couldn't have asked for a better day for the kids to truly undertand how much these coats are really helping people. It was 13 degrees plus wind chill, and merely standing outside for a few minutes was challenging as the kids unloaded the bus.

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