Bronxville High School students and their families have generously donated more than 100 gifts to veterans at the New York State Veterans Home at Montrose to express their gratitude. Through the heartwarming holiday drive, which was spearheaded by social studies teacher and sophomore class adviser Dana Landesman and led by the sophomore class, the students collected sweaters, scarves, games and books, among other gifts, to fulfill the veterans’ wishes.
Faith Belke, vice president of the sophomore class whose family contributed winter hats, gloves and scarves, said organizing the holiday drive has been a rewarding experience.
“When I think about the sacrifices that veterans have made for all of us, it makes me want to help and make sure they have what they need,” Belke said. “Especially during the season of Christmas, I can’t think of a better cause to support. I hope the veterans who receive our gifts will know how much we appreciate and value them.”
Beyond the granted wishes, the students engaged in a creative endeavor, crafting unique handmade necklaces and figurines for Thanksgiving. They donated their creations to patients at White Plains Hospital as part of the Creative heARTS program.
The students’ impactful community service directly aligns with the Bronxville Promise, encouraging students to embrace engaged citizenship and reflect on the values that make a difference in the lives of others.