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Anne Hutchinson Has HEART For the Holidays

Anne Hutchinson students connect with each other and the community throughout the school year when they put their ethical habit of the month into practice. In December, students in Lindsay Farley’s remote fifth grade class focused on the school’s theme, generosity, and how they could demonstrate this to others.

Students worked with Family Services of Westchester’s Pelham office and adopted families for the holidays. FSW's annual “Adopt a Family” gift drive makes the holidays brighter for Westchester families who are unable to buy essentials and gifts during the holiday season. With the help of their families, Farley’s students donated more than 100 gifts that were wrapped and delivered directly to those in need. Class parents Jenna Brunelli and Dina Dunn facilitated all the drop-offs and pickups by parent volunteers.  

“These Anne Hutch students and their families definitely exhibited heart for the holidays,” said Farley. “Our parents and students were so selfless, and the caseworkers were so grateful for their generosity.” 

At Anne Hutchinson H.E.A.R.T means:

Help Others
Engage in Learning
Act Responsibly
Respect Property and People, and
Take Safety Seriously

Student Guiliana Brunelli said, "I felt like it was something I had to do out of the bottom of my heart because it was so sad that some of these families couldn't afford the basic(s). I felt really happy when I could give back to them."

"It felt good to help other people and make their holidays special because all of our holidays are really special,” said fifth grader Lucy Kohtio.

Brothers Peter Dunn (fifth grade) and Alex Dunn (third grade) packed snack bags and care kits for families at the Ronald McDonald House the week before Christmas.  

“My mom volunteers at Ronald McDonald House so we help them a lot,” said Peter. “Families are there because their kids are in the Maria Fareri Childrens Hospital and we can help them.” 

Students reaching out to others with their hands and heart.