Community Generosity at Thanksgiving

Social workers and administrators oversee the distribution of Thanksgiving donations, left to right: Roberto Toledo, Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, Jennifer Provda, Johanna Torres, Richard Garcia, Ventura Trent, Shaka Williams, Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins, and Carol Rubin.
Social workers and administrators oversee the distribution of Thanksgiving donations, left to right: Roberto Toledo, Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, Jennifer Provda, Johanna Torres, Richard Garcia, Ventura Trent, Shaka Williams, Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins, and Carol Rubin.

South Huntington's Student Services Department is especially busy this time of year as they help our neediest families with boxes of Thanksgiving food and gift cards for turkeys. “Each of our Social Workers do an extraordinary job supporting the families in our community,” said Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris.  “Because they quietly go about helping our families, they sometimes seem invisible. But they work incredibly hard and are a great asset to our educational team.” 

"Each school had their own food drives conducted by students and staff alike,” said Birchwood Social Worker Ms. Jennifer Provda. "There are many families in need and we are thankful that we can compile each box with all the items needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal."

Stimson Middle School’s new social worker Richard Garcia coordinates the effort in his school. "We really worked as a team,” said Mr. Garcia. "We contacted our neediest families to come to pick up their boxes here at the District Offices, and if any are not able to get here we will deliver them personally to their homes." There are approximately 100-150 families across the district that will receive Thanksgiving baskets to assist them in preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal. “Our South Huntington Teachers Association donated $500 towards supermarket gift cards that were added into each basket for the purchase of perishable items,” said Ms. Harris. “Their generosity is greatly appreciated.”

Congratulation to all of the District's hard working and highly caring Social Workers, you make us proud. It is especially clear during the holiday seasons, how you help spotlight the truly generous and dependable community that we call South Huntington.