Lincoln/Roosevelt Elementary School in Roxbury Township capped off another year of collecting toys for Toys for Tots for Picatinny Arsenel on Thursday. Organized by the Student Council, under the guidance and direction of Karl Corino, this grade 5-6 school spent the month of December promoting and collecting new unwrapped toys for Picatinny.
Student Council representatives urged their school to participate each day through morning announcements and posters hung in classrooms and around the school. “Teachers let the students make posters and talk to their homerooms as well as allow the students to be out of class to bring the toys to a central collection spot,” explained Corino.
Representatives also visited individual classrooms to talk about the Toys for Tots history and the reason why Lincoln/Roosevelt supports this program. “There are many families in our community that can barely afford to put food on their table, much less buy toys for the holidays. Lincoln/Roosevelt students have always shown through the years how much they care to make the holiday season special for those children who would otherwise not enjoy the magic of the season.”
Corino went on to say, “This program is selected each year due its history and participation by Lincoln/Roosevelt students, families, and staff over the last 20 years. Our school is usually one of the last pick-ups by the local division out of Picatinny Arsenel and our toys cap off their drive.”
Parents were also sent a special email from the student council letting them know that they too could help support this program by providing new and unwrapped toys for the drive between December 4th and 15th.
Corino’s fifth-grade class and the student council bundled up the toys and themselves Thursday morning to march the 341 new toys out to the waiting army personnel vehicle from Picatinny.
Chris Loizou was selected to make the pickup from Picatinny which was extra special since his son CJ is a sixth grade student at the school.
As Toys for Tots celebrates its 70th anniversary, Corino hopes this generosity spreads amongst the students. “It shows that giving is better than getting and that they are making a difference in the lives of children that without their help would not have a happy holiday with gifts.”