The LVCSD faculty is setting the perfect example for students in each of the district’s schools.  Adopting families in need and purchasing holiday gifts for them, faculty members are providing a happy holiday for many children in the district. With such exemplary role models, students throughout the district also participated in holiday gift drives.

Faculty at Bayville and Locust Valley Elementary Schools purchased needed items, wrapped them for the holidays and hand delivered them in time to place under the tree. The identity of the children was confidential, but the holiday angels knew the age and gender, so they could shop for appropriate gifts.

Locust Valley Middle School eighth graders collected holiday gifts for families in need from teachers, parents and students.  Just before Thanksgiving, two giving trees were erected. Ornaments that hung from the trees each had gifts listed on them.  Anybody who wanted to participate took an ornament, purchased the gift and delivered it to the middle school.  Items ranging from coats and hats to art supplies and sports equipment were donated and wrapped by students and staff in the school. Susan Beers and Jean Rogers organized the collection and arranged for parents to pick up the gifts purchased for their families.

“We are extremely proud of our eighth graders who truly personify the spirit of giving,” said Mrs. Beers.

Sixth-graders in Mrs. Monsees and Mrs. Mason’s classes collected toys and also gave back in an unusual way – by caroling through the community.  Singing Christmas carols on a Sunday evening brought lots of holiday cheer to friends and neighbors.

Cheerleaders from the middle school and high school provided holiday cheer in many ways.  The cheerleading teams delivered gifts to patients in local nursing homes (hand made by the sixth graders) and collected teddy bears for children in hospitals this holiday season.

High school students and staff, along with each of the district’s schools, also collected toys for the Matthew Fetzer Toy Drive. Those toys will also be donated to the children stuck in hospitals during the holidays.  Matthew Fetzer was an LVCSD student who lost his battle with cancer as a young boy.  It was his dream to deliver toys to children in hospitals when he was better.  His family carries out his wish each holiday season and throughout the year.  LVCSD schools hold toy drives in his memory each year.