Our cup runneth over. Literally. Stuff the Bus bins at all our schools will be emptied Friday when Livingston’s Sandy relief rolls into every corner of town collecting donations, everything from canned corn to new toys for families hurt by the hurricane.
We’ll be helping to Stuff the Bus – though the generosity has been so overwhelming it will actually be two yellow Livingston Pubic School buses.
“The giving is unbelievable,” said Martha Ackermann, one of the volunteers of this community effort. “It’s everywhere we go. The entire community has reached into their pockets to give back”.
The donations will be heading to Ventnor and Atlantic City, areas still reeling a month after Sandy. They are also filling the shelves of the local CHOW warehouse, which offers relief to families in the community and has been supplying food for 100 families from Atlantic City who were relocated to Newark after the super storm.
Just this week, UNICO provided a monetary donation so that children in the South Jersey communities will have new toys. Friends of the Library offered educational videos for their schools. And the Red Cross dropped off brand new clothes for those still in need. Other community groups have also made donations.
Chris Bickel, K-12 Social Studies Supervisor for Livingston, and a member of the town’s Food Day committee, grew up in Ventnor, where he enjoyed the beach community for many of the same things we all love about the Jersey Shore.
When his family fell on hard times, Chris saw the people of Ventnor lend a hand to help him and his nine siblings with meals, clothing and shelter. He’s been overwhelmed by the response to help him return the favor.
"Hurricane Sandy may have damaged our state, but not our hearts," said Bickel. "She has met her match in the generosity and support of this amazing community.” This year, more than ever, we’re seeing students and teachers demonstrating the true meaning of giving, with students in the upper grades learning about the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Here is a just a sampling of what’s happening in Livingston Public Schools:
In the Schools: Writing from Memory: Do you remember the good old days when … ? In our 5th grade classes, visiting rooms full of stories.
At LHS, Mentoring for Exceptional Children: Students are trained for programs that "Include Me!"
Sixth Graders Shoot and Hula Hoop From the Heart: At Mt. Pleasant Middle School, students promote healthy living.
Heritage Students Discover ‘The Many Faces of Disabilities’: Guidance Symposium focuses on understanding, acceptance.
Lucy Lee is Finalist for National Language Teacher of the Year. In other staff recognitions, Jayne Cori is installed by Delta Pi Epsilon.
LHS Theatre Presents the Mystery-Solving Hero Sherlock Holmes : Fall drama will be presented Dec. 7-Dec. 9 at Livingston High School.