To help instill a sense of community within young people White Plains' Archbishop Stepinac High School for boys has been sponsoring a number of local service projects this holiday season.
"It's important for the kids to know that people around the world don't have as much as them," said high school football coach Mike O'Donnell.
The Crusaders football team was one of numerous groups of students to participate in fundraisers and charity events this season. The team collected more than 100 gifts for the "Toys for Tots" program that will be delivered to Cardinal McCloskey Children's Home in White Plains. These young athletes also participated in a coat drive for needy individuals.
"You could say the Crusaders football team has been leading the drive," said the school's press representative Frank Pagani.
Some of the initiatives this school has taken up include:
- Food collections for soup kitchens and pantries
- Blood Drives
- International aid to Haiti
- Fundraising for a student whose home was destroyed in a fire
- Money collection for local charities
"Normally, the students run about two or three holiday drives and do so impressively with great results," said Paul Carty, Stepinac Principal in a news release. "But this year, they have expanded the number of drives and are equally energetic about all of them."
This high school has been doing fundraising and collection drives since November to maximize collection in the spirit of the holidays.
"It makes us feel good to help those in need and feel like we really gave back," said 16-year-old Nick Shaw a junior at the school and member of the football team.
"Giving back is also part of our curriculum as seniors are required to provide 100 hours of community service for a local charity and other non-profit organization in a concentrated and meaningful way over the course of the school year in order to graduate," said Carty in a news release. "Stepinac believes that taking care of your community is as important to preparing young men to become tomorrow's leaders as is academic excellence."