While giving thanks Woodmont raises $260 for school nurse's supplies
Families share feathers of thanks and wishes while donating needed items.
Kindness and support of each other
and the community are part of the daily culture of Woodmont Elementary School
in Pine Brook, New Jersey. One of only sixty-seven 2016 National Schools of
Character, Woodmont students, faculty and families came together just before
Thanksgiving to restock nurse Janice Shingledecker’s supply cabinets.
With less than a week to take action, the Woodmont
Student Council learned of a need for additional supplies in the school nurse’s
office. The students stepped up and developed an impromptu fundraiser, which
they called: Woodmont is Thankful. The
activity was one of gratitude. The purpose was to help to fill the cabinets
with supplies while bringing families and the community closer in the spirit of
“Our Student Council asked families to express a
Thanksgiving wish on one of the feathers,” said Principal Dominic Espositio. “Our
Woodmont turkey was overwhelmed with feathers of thanks!”
Students, faculty and families decorated paper turkey
feathers. They also wrote Thanksgiving wishes and thoughts on the feathers.
They then donated a dollar for each feather submitted. The feathers were added
to the plumage of the Thanksgiving turkey on the Woodmont is Thankful Bulletin Board.
As they go through the halls, students, faculty and
families can read the feathers and enjoy the thankful spirit of the entire
Over $260 was raised in less than a week, and the additional
supplies have been restocked.
Montville Township Public Schools were among only sixty-seven in the United
States of America to be named 2016 National Schools of Character by Character.org.
Woodmont, in Pine Brook, NJ, is one and Cedar Hill Elementary School, in Towaco,
NJ, is the other.