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When the Marines called the students at IS 228, they answered — with toys that is, lots and lots of toys. This year, the annual Toys for Tots Drive sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserves found willing Santa’s helpers in the form of students Diamond Middleton, Josueth Martinez, Carlos Gonzalez, Julia Cao, Vito DiMola and Monika Youssef, plus the staff at IS 228 (Standing O’s alma mater!).
Standing O pal, Principal Dominick D’Angelo, asked members of the parent teacher association, his staff, and students to donate new, unwrapped toys so that needy children could have a great Christmas. And they did — in numbers too big to count.
The students learned how to be responsible, how to be productive, and how to be patriotic citizens. But most of all, they learned the importance of charity, and that it’s really better to give than to receive.
Standing O says, “You never stand so tall as when you bend to help a child.” Thanks IS 228 for standing so tall!
David A. Boody, IS 228, [228 Avenue S between W. Fourth and W. Fifth streets in Gravesend, (718) 375–7635].
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