Children in the Ridge, West Middle Island, Coram and Charles E. Walters Elementary schools, donated their pennies. They were wrapped and taken to the bank by the PTA's district office also contributed to penny drive. To date, more than $10,000.00 has been collected. (The junior high school has a half a trash can full of pennies, and are still collecting.) Those funds went to the Red Cross Disaster Fund, the NYS World Trade Center Relief Fund, and the Twin Towers Fund.
Children in several schools sold lemonade on their corners. Other children made and sold red white and blue ribbons. Children at Charles E. Walters collected water, granola bars, batteries and juice for the rescue workers, and packed the boxes with thank you letters to relief workers. ESL (English as a Second Language) students at Longwood Junior High School and West Middle Island wrote to rescue workers. Other students at the Junior High are creating a quilt to send to Mayor Guilliani. Other children are writing to the First Lady and Mayor Guilliani.
ESL students at Ridge Elementary School created a red, white and blue paper chain, each link containing a sentence about why they like the United States. The chain is displayed on a bulletin board with the title, "Our love of this country links us together."
The fifth and sixth-grade students at Longwood Middle School are collecting pledges for the effort through the Wellness Walk. They walk each day at lunchtime.
The Junior High School is raffling a bicycle.
Longwood High School's Student Council made and sold red, white and blue ribbons. They raised $3,543, including a $400 donation from the Junior Class, who contributed half the proceeds from their car wash to the effort. The names of all those who contributed to the Student Council will be placed on a flag they are creating on the cafeteria walls at the high school.
PTA Council sold memorial t-shirts and has raised more than $12,000. Those funds will go directly to Longwood families. Our schools are adorned in red, white and blue.