As part of a longstanding holiday tradition, Bronxville Middle School seventh graders donated dozens of gifts to the children of the Graham Windham School in Hastings-on-Hudson. One by one, each student placed their individually wrapped gifts onto the Graham Windham van on Dec. 11.
Principal Dr. Thomas Wilson said the students earned money to purchase the gifts by doing chores at home, including babysitting, cleaning the garage, washing cars, raking leaves and walking the dog, among others. Over the last few years, the students have earned an average of $2,500 per year for the gifts. The students would typically collect all money in their advisory classes, then go out in groups to purchase appropriate gifts for the children before wrapping the presents together in school. This year, due to the global pandemic, the students purchased the gifts on their own and wrapped and labeled each gift at home.
Teachers said the gift-giving program, now in its 25th year, provides students with a meaningful experience and raises awareness about the importance of helping others who are less fortunate than themselves.