During the month of December, Stewart School students collected recess toys for students affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida.
Many schools in the Lee County School District in Florida were damaged and closed for several weeks because of the hurricane. While the damaged schools are undergoing construction, students have been displaced to schools in neighboring communities. To help support these students, Stewart students donated recess toys such as board games, Legos, card games, puzzles, crafts and coloring books. The students also sent handmade cards with messages such as, “Sending hugs from Garden City” and “Your school will grow back even better!”
After collecting the toys, the postage to mail the donations was purchased using profits from “Pretzels for a Purpose,” one of the school’s daily efforts to help fundraise for important causes such as this. The students will also be using “Pretzels for a Purpose” funds to make a monetary donation to the Foundation for Lee County Schools to assist with hurricane relief.
Several students helped pack the boxes of toys, noting how glad they were to be able to help other kids through a difficult time. Third grade student Powers Dell’Olio said, “It makes me feel happy to help the students who lost everything in the hurricane. I couldn’t believe what happened to their schools. I would be really sad if that happened to Stewart.”