Adelphi’s Holiday Toy Drive Benefits Ailing Children
Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn helped spread holiday cheer to children in need by donating hundreds of new, unwrapped toys collected as part of the Academy’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive to pediatric cancer patients being treated at Maimonides Medical Center.
From plush dolls and action figures to board games and puzzles, Adelphians donated brand new, unwrapped toys each week during the drive in exchange for dress down privileges. The toys were placed inside a large bin in the Academy’s Main Hall that overflowed quickly thanks to everyone’s generosity!
The toy drive built upon the success of the Annual Holiday Food Drive, during which students and staff once again donated hundreds of canned goods to those in need, right in time for Thanksgiving. This year’s food drive, organized by Adelphi’s Student Advisory Board in partnership with members of the Ben Bay Kiwanis Club, helped to restock the shelves at Reaching-Out Community Services, Inc. to benefit its Food Pantry Plus Program.
“In order to build upon the success of our Annual Holiday Food Drive, which donated hundreds of canned goods to Reaching-Out Community Services, Inc., Adelphi was proud to collect so many new toys for the patients at Maimonides’ Pediatric Cancer Center and deliver to them a little extra joy this holiday season,” said Adelphi Head of School Ms. Iphigenia Romanos. “It is important that we, as educators, continue to teach our children the importance of selflessness during the holidays – and at all times.”
As the oldest private, independent, continuing, coeducational, college-preparatory day school in the borough and one of the oldest in the nation, Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn, “the little school of big dreams” has been “effectively preparing young people for college, career, and life, one day at a time” for over 150 years. Founded in 1863 and located in the historic Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, Adelphi enrolls students from two years of age through twelfth grade. A strong emphasis is placed on small class size, individualized attention, self-expression, critical thinking and challenging hands-on learning through Adelphi’s founding philosophy and dedication to the education of the “total child.” Adelphi students excel within a small, intimate, safe, caring, nurturing, and secure environment through Adelphi’s core values and founding principles of pride, tradition, spirit, and excellence. The student-teacher ratio is 8 to 1 and Adelphi is a New York State Regents Exempt Program with a 100% college application, acceptance and attendance rate. A founding member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Adelphi receives its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and has been a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1928. Ms. Iphigenia Romanos serves as Head of School.
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