Over $2,500 Raised for Hurricane Relief

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Students from Babylon Elementary School have been generously donating leftover portions of their lunch money in support of Babylon families that were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and Principal Dana Basile announced that over $2,500 has been collected.
    
The total, which Basile estimates at approximately $2,700, includes donations from elementary school staffers, an anonymous $1,000 donation from a Babylon family, and a generous donation from a school in Massachusetts. “We are extremely grateful that a Massachusetts school stepped up with a monetary donation, along with books and clothing for children in need,” Basile said. “We also had Barnes and Noble donate over $1,000 worth of books to us to share with families, and $525 from our Barnes and Noble book fair event. We also had approximately $500 donated in the way of grocery store and Target gifts cards from families through the K-6 PTA.”
    
Basile added that the school developed a reserve fund for donations specific to Hurricane Sandy. “In the months ahead, using the monies we collected, we will be dispersing gift cards to families affected by Hurricane Sandy,” she said. There is still plenty of time left to lend a helping hand, as donations will be accepted until the end of the school year.
    
Babylon Elementary staffers are also doing their part to aid families in need. Basile announced that Babylon Elementary School faculty members pooled together $800 from their own pockets for a relief fund that was set up by the Newtown, Conn. Board of Education, which will go to families of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook tragedy.