How to help
Toys for Tom’s River, N.J.
What’s needed: Unwrapped new toys, books and board games
What not to bring: Electronics, gift cards or any food items
When: Items can be dropped off at Covington Elementary, 2430 W. Hamilton Road South, today through Friday
Covington Elementary fifth-grade teacher Kim Moppert said it’s incredible what kids do when you get out of their way.
After much work and planning, students kicked off their Toys for Toms toy drive today to benefit Toms River, N.J., a city hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
Moppert’s class has been learning about “the common good” as part of social studies lessons which includes watching the news daily. After hearing about the damage and destruction of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast in late October, students decided they wanted to do something to help.
Moppert said the effort has been completely driven by students. She said they thought about working with the Red Cross or other disaster relief organizations, but in the end decided to help kids just like themselves. Students will collect toys for kids in the New Jersey city and deliver them just in time for the holidays.
The class created presentations that they delivered last week, educating fellow students on what a hurricane is and showing before and after photos to illustrate storm damage.
Students also wrote a letter to parents, sending one home with each student, to outline what the group is collecting.
“We need everyone’s help to make this a Covington success for the children of Toms River,” the letter said.
Moppert attributes all of the work to the students, who, she said, took the idea and ran with it.
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