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Happy Valentine’s Day!

PS 180, Brooklyn, contributes to food pantry

Showing pride in their accomplishment are students, parents and staff: (back row Dave Sanders

Showing pride in their accomplishment are students, parents and staff: (back row, from left) Chapter Leader Lynette Azar, Cucuzza, Gianuzzi, Ragonese, Thomas Neve, executive director of Reaching-Out Community Services; and PTA President Eileen Egan with PS 180 studenys in the front row.

Proud 3rd- and 4th-graders deliver their Valentine’s Day gift of hundreds of can Dave Sanders

Proud 3rd- and 4th-graders deliver their Valentine’s Day gift of hundreds of cans of food to the local food pantry. 

Some students at PS 180 in Brooklyn celebrated Valentine’s Day by sending hundreds of valentines — not the red-heart “will-you-be-mine?” valentine, but a deeper, more meaningful kind. Aware that the red-heart day fell on the 100th day of school, 3rd- and 4th-graders at the school collected 100 cans of food to donate to a nearby food pantry. They not only made their own collection, they persuaded a neighborhood Key Food supermarket to donate another 100 cans to the cause. Third-grade teacher Rosanna Gianuzzi and 4th-grade teacher Hope Cucuzza, ringleaders of the epic event, had the help of Parent Coordinator Debbie Ragonese and other teachers. It created a perfect teachable moment, too, as students worked out tally charts and bar graphs to track the cans collected and still needed. They also developed a heightened sense of community and a new vocabulary built around their new activities. Teachers said the activity reflects the collaborative spirit of their school community.

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