TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Students at Tuckahoe's W.E. Cottle Elementary School collected pajamas and books for children as they continued a village-wide effort to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
They “stuffed” a specially decorated school bus with more than 300 pairs of new pajamas and 400 books for the Pajama Program's week-long “Stuff a Bus” campaign.
The Tuckahoe PTA oversaw the event, which is part of a program that hopes to collect 3,500 pairs of pajamas and 2,500 books.
“The PTA in Tuckahoe is just amazing, and they’re an important part of the education of all children,” Principal George Albano said. “We provide the academics with support from the family, but they really encourage us to make a difference with so many programs and random acts of kindness.”
About 1.6 million children in America, or one in 45, go to sleep without a home of their own, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness. This is a 33 percent increase from five years ago, and the storms that struck the East Coast have increased those numbers.
The pajama drive is one of several charitable projects taken up by the PTA and members of the school’s community, Albano said.
“We just collected school supplies for Haiti,” he said. “And we started a music scholarship [in honor of] one of our band teachers who passed away.”