Oak Hill Academy Reaches Out

Another holiday season marks another opportunity for the Students at Oak Hill Academy to help those who are less fortunate. It is extremely important and beneficial for students to be given opportunities where they help individuals who come from difficult walks of life.

The Oak Hill Pre-Kindergarten class along with their Pre-K director, Mrs. Patty Weikes, and teachers, Mrs. Annmarie Wood and Miss Emilyann Bonnano, spearheaded a “Bucket Brigade” for the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch. The children along with the help of parents, teachers and friends, collected gifts, wrapped and made cards for children to fill their “buckets”. They then took a trip on Friday, December 11 to visit the Ronald McDonald House where they delivered 35 Buckets of Toys to the young children and their families that are residing there and are unable to be home for the holidays.

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The Student Council has recently held a holiday food and gift drive in which students donate thoughtful items to brighten the lives of others. Each grade or grades were each given a specific charity to focus on for the holiday drive. Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade have donated to Toys for Tots while the second and third grade classes have given to Harbor House. The fourth graders were allocated to help 180 Turning Lives Around, and the Oak Hill Academy’s fifth and sixth graders helped out the ASPCA. Our seventh grades donated to Deployed Troops; while the eighth graders all focused on Holiday Express. These donated items ranged from toys, books and blankets to coats and cooking sets. In addition to these groups, the Annual Mitten Tree was up in the Upper school hallway growing new sets of mittens, gloves and hats for the less fortunate as well.

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These experiences have allowed the students at Oak Hill Academy to grow into thoughtful individuals who are not only aware of the difficulties families go through, but how to help them find holiday cheer. Thank you the Oak Hill Pre-K, Mrs. Linda Vacca and Miss Cynara Arscott, Student Council Moderators, and their executive board as well as all of the students and their families at Oak Hill Academy who helped to make this act of community service a success.