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JJHS's American Red Cross Club has organized a district-wide hurricane relief collection now through November 30.
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.
Checks should be made out to John Jay High School, with American Red Cross Club donation in the memo section.
“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.
Meadow Pond Elementary School's Recycling Matters Club and Kindness Club are collecting Halloween candy to donate to a local dentist who is sending it to U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.
Katonah Elementary School kicked off their annual KES PTO Food Drive which collects specific food items for the Northern Westchester Community Center. Items have been assigned by grade and KES students are also invited to help deliver the food, weigh it and stock the shelves at The Community Center in mid-November.