The third-grade students at North Mianus participated in the “Staten Island Adopt-A-Family” program, which allowed them to aid a family in need after Hurricane Sandy.
The 'adopted family' has 5 children and lost everything. The children of North Mianus wanted to help rebuild their lives. They rallied forces to collect money from the entire student body. Children brought in their allowance and emptied their piggy banks to donate to the family.
Their goal was to raise $500. Hats off to these great third-graders, as of Wednesday morning, they raised $3,071.88, according to one of their teachers, Lisa Zitzmann.
The money will buy gift cards to various stores like Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco. The students at North Mianus were thrilled with the response of their school community.
"North Mianus School is our guardian angel!" said the mom of the adopted family. Even though she lost everything she is truly touched with the generosity of the school and students.
*This story was updated at 11:23 a.m. to reflect the total amount of money raised.