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Cecilia Moreno, Pulaski Street fifth grader, hangs a gift on the Giving Tree. Photo: Riverhead Central School District

Riverhead students use ‘giving trees’ to collect gifts, make Christmas brighter for families in need

They say “charity begins at home,” but here in Riverhead it also begins in our schools.

Every school in the Riverhead School District has a “giving tree.” The trees are one way students, staff and teachers can help make sure that Christmas is a happy time for all families in the district.

Hundreds of gifts purchased and wrapped by busy students, teachers and staff elves lie under the trees, waiting to be donated to families in need. The gifts will help make Christmas that much merrier for many of the district’s families.

The tree at Pulaski Street School is adorned with new hats, gloves and scarves, which will keep lots of heads and hands warm this winter. The tree, which stands in the school’s lobby, is sponsored each year by Clare Belmonte and Dee Martin’s classes. The students in those two classes also collected and sold water bottles, raising $91 that they gave to the school social worker to help buy gifts.

The students at Phillips Avenue School also made and sold cards to raise funds for the school’s food pantry. Their goal was to make sure everyone would be able to enjoy a festive holiday meal.

Source: Riverhead Central School District press release

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