Peggy Draper McDaniel, Milford resident and teacher at Mariner Middle School in Milton, has organized an event that will help students of a public school in Staten Island, New York as they continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Peggy’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students have adopted Elementary School PS 50 and the families of 700 plus students that the school serves.
Started as just an idea by Ms. McDaniel, her NJHS students took the idea and ran with it as they continued to tell their teacher about wanting to get involved with helping students affected by the large storm in October.
“As I talked with the kids it began to turn into something huge, the students continued to say that it could have been Delaware that was hit by the storm,” commented McDaniel. “They wanted to help a local school in State Island that needed help so we began to do the research and found PS 50. Our students have been responding very well and are excited.”
According to McDaniel, Elementary School PS 50 was not hit directly by the storm but the children that attend the school were among the families hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Many of the students lost everything they had including education supplies for every day school. Although the initial outpouring of assistance provided clothing and temporary shelter, the PS 50 students are still in dire need of items such as school supplies, children’s books, back packs, board games, kid’s toys and puzzles.
The National junior Honor Society kids will be collecting those needed supplies from the local area and have a chance to deliver the donated goods to the students of PS 50 on Tuesday, December 11. A donated charter bus from Jor-Lin Tours in Milford will be taking 17 students and the boxes of school supplies to Staten Island to be received by the elementary school teachers and students.
Eighth grader Anna Chojnowski is excited to be one of the students collecting supplies and visiting SB 50 in December. “The project is important to me because i am helping kids regain supplies that they desperately need to continue the education they deserve.,” commented Anna. “It means so much to donate the goods directly because I want to help fulfill the needs of those victims of devastation.”
Donations are being collected now through December 7 and can be dropped of at Extreme Total fitness, Extreme Graphix and Gooden’s Florist in Milford and the Mariner Middle School, H.O. Brittingham and Milton Elementary Schools in Milton. Only donations of school supplies, children’s books, back packs, board games, kid’s toys and puzzles will be accepted and delivered to PS 50 in Staten Island. Donations of boxes to store items and monetary donations to buy additional supplies will also be accepted. For more information on the project or how to donate, individuals are encouraged to call Peggy Draper McDaniel at 302-270-1000.
“I hope this project shows my students that you can give and receive in return,” commented McDaniel. “I want them to see the difference one community can make in another.”