Riverdale raids school with service projects

We at GMSD are incredibly fortunate to make our homes here in the wonderful area that is Germantown, but, because of how fortunate so many in this area are, it is often easy to forget about those struggling alongside to make ends meet. Riverdale Elementary made a point this season to reach out and serve those less fortunate in our own community through a variety of programs.

First, Riverdale partnered with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Angel Tree works to provide those unable to afford gifts with toys, stuffed animals, clothing, and more for their children to open on Christmas morning. Riverdale teachers and parents donated hundreds of dollars to sponsor those at Riverdale qualifying for this program and ensure that the entire student body would wake up to a special holiday morning.


The generosity then continued on with their new Snack Pack program.

“Riverdale is sending home food back packs with students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to help meet the needs of struggling families.” explained guidance counselor Kathleen Fisher, who spearheaded the new program.

Again funded by donations from parents and teachers, the bags are packed with after-school snacks and treats for students who may not have access to afternoon snacks in their own home. These snacks are then specially packaged by student volunteers, and then discreetly put in student’s backpacks by staff.

We are so thankful to the faculty and family at Riverdale for being so willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Please support the continuation of these fantastic efforts if you can.

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