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Healthy Competition Leads to 300 Toy Collection

The fourth grade class of Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County coordinated a toy drive to benefit Second Chance Toys, with help from their teachers, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Markowitz and the school administration. Students in the class informed other students in the school of the fundraiser by creating posters to spread the word. Children in the school generously donated both new and gently used toys. The whole school community got involved including students, teachers and other staff.

Due to the competitive nature of this particular fourth grade class, their teachers split the class into two teams. The in-class competition encouraged everyone to participate in donating toys.

Once the competition was finished, they had collected 300 toys, which were donated to Community Refuge Education Center. The class shared all of the details of the collection in a school-wide Thanks & Giving assembly in which the students relayed all the things they were thankful for and that there were children who were not as fortunate as they. They explained how they reached out to family, friends and community to help children that might not receive toys for the holidays. By doing the skit, they taught the entire school how important it is to give back.

Bottom line: The students were very excited to help others and are determined to do more drives to help the less fortunate.