Shirley, NY - December 20, 2013 - Olivia Iodice, a fifth-grade student at William Floyd Elementary School, has for the second year in a row organized the “Toys for Floyd” drive, which has collected more than 300 toys for students in need at William Floyd Elementary School and throughout the district. The drive was started three years ago by Olivia’s sister, Antoinette, who is now a seventh grader at William Floyd Middle School. In the three years since the toy drive began, families have donated more than 1,000 toys to students in need.
“Olivia has created posters, decorated collection boxes and made morning announcements to spread the word about Toys for Floyd so that the holidays are special for every child in William Floyd Elementary School and the entire school district,” said Keith Fasciana, Principal, William Floyd Elementary School.
“I’m doing this to help the kids in our community have special holiday memories,” said Olivia, who is also a member of the Fifth Grade Student Council. William Floyd Elementary School social workers have collaborated with Olivia on the collection drive to help distribute the toys to those families in need.
Additionally, William Floyd Elementary School has been collecting gloves, hats and scarves during the cold weather months and placing them on the “Giving Tree,” to help students in need. If a student is in need of one of these garments, they just let their teacher know and can pick out what they need.
“I am overwhelmed with the generosity and compassion that William Floyd Elementary families have shown with their Toys for Floyd and Giving Tree donations,” said Mr. Fasciana. “We hope it contributes to a happy holiday season.”
Pictured in the Featured Image: Olivia Iodice with some of the donated toys collected from William Floyd Elementary families for “Toys for Floyd.”
Pictured Below: Members of the fourth- and fifth-grade student councils in front of the William Floyd Elementary School “Giving Tree” that collects hats, scarves and gloves for students in need.