Moss School children and families are so generous. If there is a way to help others, they are always willing to participate.
Once again this year we have participated in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve “Toys for Tots” Drive. This community action program is over 60 years young and distributes toys, books, and other special gifts to millions of needy children throughout the country every year. Our local liaison is Mr. Nick D’Andrea -USMC Reserve – who gives us posters and banners, and keeps us apprised of dates and drop off sites each year.
What makes Moss School’s donations special is that our children are only 3, 4, and 5 years old – and for many parents this is their first public school experience. This is a great way to begin developing a sense of community and generosity in young children while having some fun. It is so rewarding to see the children bring in a favorite toy or ‘cool’ game for other kids who may not be as fortunate – and they are so proud to show me their contribution! We suggest that each toy is new, unwrapped, and cost no more than $10, so everyone can be a part of it.
Later in the year, we also participate in MCFOODS which is the food drive sponsored by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority. At Moss, we focus on nutritious staple foods for young children and use the drive as a means to educate the children & families on sound but delicious nutritional choices. Once again, the families are overwhelmingly generous and the children really enjoy showing me what foods they’ve brought.
Mary Kay Sessa, RN, MSN, CSN is the school nurse at Moss Elementary School in Metuchen.
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