2009-05-07 / Other News

Students Collect For A Few Worthy Causes

By Richard Gross

Pictured (left to right) with students and large replica of donated check are: Parent Coordinator M. Anthony Baker, Principal Joel Rubenfeld and Leukemia Society recruiter Jason Darensbourg. Pictured (left to right) with students and large replica of donated check are: Parent Coordinator M. Anthony Baker, Principal Joel Rubenfeld and Leukemia Society recruiter Jason Darensbourg. The students of P.S./I.S. 66 recently collected pennies and loose change for a couple of very worthy causes. The hefty sum of $1,500.00 was accumulated and donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, while a check for $100.00 and a basket of non-perishable food was presented to the local food bank of Our Lady of Miracles Church here in Canarsie. The school-wide initiative is part of the Pennies for Patients program.

Principal Joel Rubenfeld said, "Our students and their families demonstrate their sense of community with the generous and charitable donations that are made on an annual basis to help worthy causes and those in need."

While students at the Kindergarten though 8th grade school on East 96th Street were eager participants, second graders in teacher Sandra Huggins' class collected the most money. They held a bake sale and broke open their piggy banks to the tune of $283.00.

Sandra Huggins and her second graders enjoy a pizza party as a reward for collecting most money of any class in the school. Sandra Huggins and her second graders enjoy a pizza party as a reward for collecting most money of any class in the school. For their efforts, the class was treated to a pizza party. Huggins couldn't be more proud of her children. "The students really got into the spirit of this activity. They felt empowered, and were eager to help those who are in need and sick. I am so proud of the way the entire class became involved and for showing such compassion and their selflessness."

The donated money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will go toward patient services, research, education and advocacy.

Jason Darensbourg, a recruiter for the charity, said, "It is wonderful to see the children of P.S./I.S. 66 helping other children.

"As leukemia is the deadliest form of cancer for children, the $1,500 is certainly needed and much appreciated as we continue our fight to beat this disease."

Maureen Benjamin, the director of the food pantry for Our Lady of Miracles Church, noted that the money and food donated will really help, especially in tough economic times. "With so many people struggling in our community, the pantry will be able to put the money to good use, and the food basket will go to help feed those who have little means and are hungry."

(From left) Maureen Benjamin, director of OLM Food Bank, was presented with basket of donated foods and a check for her program from students and Rubenfeld. (From left) Maureen Benjamin, director of OLM Food Bank, was presented with basket of donated foods and a check for her program from students and Rubenfeld.

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