Sending Coats, Blankets to New York, New Jersey


Hurricane Sandy victims will receive many coats, blankets and other needed supplies thanks to the efforts of six Churchill Road students. Pictured with just one day’s worth of contributions from the community are Churchill Road 6th graders Mitchell Farah, Kevin Kaldes, Whit Walter and younger brother Colin, Jack Hoeymans and Dillon Kaldes.

The spirit of community service runs deep in the Churchill Road Elementary community. In the week following Hurricane Sandy, a group of Churchill Road sixth graders organized a coat, blanket, and toiletry drive to help the victims in New York and New Jersey. In the words of 6th grade students Mitchell Farah and Jack Hoeymans, “We wanted to help the people who were hit hard by the storm. Our parents suggested a relief drive and we thought it was a good idea.” After discussing the drive with Churchill Road principal Don Hutzel and assistant principal Sharon Jones, the boys used their student holidays on Nov. 5 and 6 to create posters describing the drive and place collection bins throughout the school. The outpouring from the community has been great and the boys expect they will be able to fill a truck, which some of their family members will drive to the stricken area.


Churchill Road 6th graders Whit Walter and Mitchell Farah utilize their days off school to create posters advertising their relief drive for victims of Hurricane Sandy.