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Elementary school students raise over $1,000 to purchase gifts for families in need

Schools December 14, 2021

Fifth Avenue Elementary School students celebrated a successful trip to purchase gifts for families in need. Photo courtesy of the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District.

Fifth Avenue Elementary School students helped brighten the holiday season for families in need this past month, raising over $1,000 to purchase gifts for numerous families, thanks to an initiative led by the school’s SHARE and Student Leadership Club.

In November, students in each grade were given a paper gift to color at home, as well as asked to do a chore to earn money to donate to the school’s Holiday Gift Giving Program. Once they completed the chore, the students colored the paper gift, and attached to it their donation to the program. By the second week in December, the staff, students, and families of Fifth Avenue raised more than $1,100 to purchase gifts for families in need.

On Friday, December 10, students in SHARE and Student Leadership Club took a trip to Target to purchase gifts. The children worked in groups to brainstorm ideas, compromise about gift decisions, and stick to their budgets. The students were able to purchase several exciting presents for the families in need.