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Brooklyn Avenue School Supports BTNY by Hosting Piggy Bank Fundraiser

Kids posing for photo

Through hard work and determination, elementary ​students from the Brooklyn Avenue School (24 Brooklyn Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11581) raised over $3,200 at this year's Piggy Bank Fundraiser! All proceeds will be used to support Boys Town New York's (BTNY) programs and services that serve underprivileged children and families across NYC's five boroughs.

The annual Piggy Bank Fundraiser began on January 17 when the school issued individual piggy banks to each of its 300 students. The students had one month to fill their piggy banks. On Friday, February 17, the school presented BTNY with the funds the students raised. A pizza party followed to show BTNY's appreciation for the students' efforts.

"The message here is there's a gift in giving," said James Hill, BTNY's Development Director. "Before the kids received their piggy banks, I asked all the children to raise their hands if they gave someone a gift during the holidays. Everyone raised their hand. I then asked the children to share how that made them feel, to which they responded, 'Great!', 'Good!' and 'It made me happy!' That's the gift of giving, and I think it's amazing that a school is instilling this beautiful characteristic into their students."

"The students are thrilled to support this cause," said Karen Kane, Brooklyn Avenue teacher and the head advisor of the Student Council. "Several of our students turned in their filled piggy banks the following day after they were handed out."

When asked how students were filling up their piggy banks, 7-year-old Samantha said, "I've been doing extra chores around the house for money!" Another student shared, "I found money in my couch."

When Boys Town announced it planned to use the money from the Piggy Bank Fundraiser to purchase books for kids in its shelters, one student asked, "Would it be okay if I brought in a book along with my piggy bank?"  (Of course, the answer was "Yes!")

The experience was truly humbling for everyone involved in the project, from the students who displayed generosity and dedication, to the Student Council advisors who made it all possible. 

"We feel the students were able to appreciate that others may be less fortunate than themselves and need a helping hand whenever possible. They were proud of themselves when they learned the amount we had raised," Karen said.

"The Brooklyn Avenue School is a very generous school," said Krista Kinirons, also a Brooklyn Avenue teacher and Student Council advisor. "Recently, we have had two families that lost everything to a house fire and the school community rallied behind them and supported them in every way until they could get back on their feet again. We are very proud of our community." ​