November A Month of Generosity

School Families Respond to Help the Needy
Posted on 11/29/2017
School Supply Drive at Meadowbrook SchoolThe month of November was a month of giving for Meadowbrook families, who donated school supplies and food items to benefit the needy near and far.

The school delivered boxes of food to the Northfield Food Pantry, and wrote over 200 letters to enlisted service men and women that were to be sent overseas with care packages.

Ms. Kathryn Mazzarella, a fourth-grade teacher, also helped connect the fourth-grade students with the Adopt-A-Classroom project in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“At the beginning of the year, one of my students consistently asked if we could help hurricane victims,” Ms. Mazzarella said. “After much research, I found this program through a former Meadowbrook parent now living in St. Thomas. I felt this program had the best connection for our students because it was kids helping kids and it had a hometown connection.”

This was also a learning opportunity for the fourth-graders, who study U.S. geography. They learned a little more about the Caribbean and learning about what a U.S. territory is.

The fourth grade held a school-wide school supply drive and sponsored a Wear a Hat Day to raise money to ship the supplies. They raised over $250 for postage and filled seven boxes full of school supplies!

“This is significantly more than we imagined!” Ms. Mazarrella said. The program requires that they send six to eight large USPS flat rate boxes over the course of three months. Two boxes totaling 50 pounds have been shipped, and there are still five boxes of supplies left to ship over the next two months.

Part of the Adopt-A-Classroom USVI project is to build pen pal relationships, Ms. Mazzarella said. “We are looking forward to writing letters to them and becoming pen pals, as well!”