Packard Middle School
Plainedge Schools support for victims of WTC tragedy. At Packard Middle School, the Packard Honor Society undertook a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Students held lemonade sales, bake sales, and put collection cans throughout the building. In only five days, they raised $3,600. HSBC Bank agreed to match the funds collected, up to $3,000, so the total donation to the Red Cross equaled almost $7,000.
Plainedge High School
At Plainedge High School, students held a clothing drive for relief workers on September 13th and 14th and delivered carloads of supplies to the Salvation Army in West Babylon. The English National Honor Society sold out their red, white and blue ribbons in a little over an hour, raising $300. The girl's volleyball team held a bottle drive on September 22nd. On Sunday, September 16th, the High School Student Council held a car wash at John West School and in only one day raised $3,371 for the American Red Cross. Funds raised by the high school students are also being doubled by a corporation.
Schwarting Elementary School
In addition to fund raising efforts, Schwarting Elementary School's Student Council organized a candlelight vigil on Friday, September 21st. Over 300 people attended. Students decorated a banner with their handprints as s symbol of support for the victims and their families. Students in the elementary buildings also wore red, white and blue to school, and made patriotic posters and signs, which hang, throughout their schools. John West elementary students filled a truck with supplies such as water and Gatorade which they collected for the workers. They were delivered to the Bethpage Fire Department who brought the donations to the Salvation Army. At Eastplain Elementary School, students created and sold green ribbons, representing peace and support for the victims and their families. Proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Students also wrote thank-you letters to fire and police officers working at the site. They were delivered personally by a relative of a faculty member who is working with the relief workers.
PTA Council also sponsored a collection of necessities for the aid workers. Led by a dedicated parent, PTA members from each school collected the materials, brought them to the High School, where they were loaded onto a truck and delivered to the Hartigan Council of the Knights of Columbus in Bethpage. From there they went to the Salvation Army.