November is Giving Month

   “No tricks, just treats” is how John Jay High School’s American Red Cross Club kicked off its hurricane relief collection on Halloween. Community members are invited to drop off diapers, non-perishable food, bottled water, and batteries at any of Katonah-Lewisboro’s five schools’ main offices through November 30.

Patricia K. Bragdon, PhD, the advisor of John Jay High School’s American Red Cross Club, is also a disaster and mental health volunteer for the American Red Cross.

 “I volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, in 2005,” said Dr. Bragdon. “I was very impacted by the outpouring of support and the appreciation of people who lost everything. Watching that community come together was an amazing experience.”

JJHS American Red Cross Club’s initiative gives students district-wide an opportunity to respond to recent hurricanes in Houston, Texas, and Puerto Rico. The club was inspired both by Dr. Bragdon’s experiences and by a letter the district received from the New York State Education Department which encouraged school communities to start a donation drive for schoolchildren in the impacted areas.  

“We immediately wanted to help the people affected by the hurricanes,” said Elyse Sher, a junior who is co-president of JJHS’s American Red Cross Club.