Half Hollow Hills Students Are Giving Back for Thanksgiving


Student Groups Collecting Food To Help Local Food Insecure Families Enjoy The Holiday.

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Half Hollow Hills students have been collecting food to help local families this holiday season.

Photo by: Half Hollow Hills Central School District

Dix Hills, NY - November 21, 2018 - Groups of students in the Half Hollow Hills Central School District have been fundraising and collecting food to help local families who are food insecure enjoy a happy Thanksgiving. Food insecure families are never sure if they will have enough food to feed their family from week to week, and it continues to be a major problem on Long Island, especially during the holiday season.
Students at West Hollow Middle School and Half Hollow Hills High School East worked together to collect food for the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, a not-for-profit organization serving Wyandanch and surrounding communities, by providing food, clothing, education and employment opportunities. At West Hollow, students helped collect 400 cans of yams, 500 boxes of cake mix, and 400 cans of cranberry sauce during their Thanksgiving food drive. Student groups at High School East including the National Art Honor Society, Interact Club, National Honor Society, Amnesty International and Girls Learn International teamed up to collect over 2,000 items including stuffing, canned vegetables, corn bread mix, and gravy that the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center will use to provide families in need with an enjoyable Thanksgiving dinner.
At Half Hollow Hills High School West, the Interact Club collaborated with the local Melville Rotary club, Stew Leonard’s and BNB Bank to fundraise for their annual Turkey Drive which will help provide 85 local families and church groups with turkeys for Thanksgiving.
“The students in our district do an outstanding job each year of being self-starters when it comes to giving back to those that are less fortunate around the holidays,” said Dr. Harrigan. “We encourage all of our students to participate in service learning programs to learn about the importance of volunteering, while building a life-long love of giving back to your community.”
An education-oriented community with high academic expectations, the Half Hollow Hills Central School District is located in a residential area of 50,000 people in the central part of Long Island, approximately 40 miles from New York City. Providing for the education of almost 8,000 students, the school district has five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. Half Hollow Hills High Schools are fully accredited by the New York State Department of Education. The district is committed to providing all students with opportunities to excel in academics, athletics and the arts.