Over 100 students and their families came out for the Thanksgiving celebrations at John Ericsson Middle School 126 (M.S. 126) Tuesday night.
The food was provided for the most part by Grandma Rose’s Pizza courtesy of John Ricco, but parents of students at the school and teachers contributed to the festivities as well, by bringing some of their favorite delicacies from home.
The Thanksgiving meal was a thank you to the students for their hard work over the past weekend to make sure some of the neediest families in the neighborhood had a holiday season just as festive as their own.
Student volunteers in the Greenpoint Lions “Leos” club worked with the organization over the weekend to collect more than 14,000 pounds of foods from various locations throughout North Brooklyn in addition to cash donations.
“Collaborating with the Greenpoint Lions really allows kids to understand how to give back to the community,” said Alicja Winnicki, the Superintendent for School District 14, who was present at Tuesday night’s festivities along with Assemblyman Joe Lentol.
The Greenpoint Lions work with several soup kitchens and food pantries in the neighborhood. Over the course of the holiday the food that was collected will be distributed by those organizations.
“This has really given our students an opportunity to share an act of kindness and once again it has brought the school community closer,” said Maria Ortega, the new IA Principal at M.S. 126.