Kids Stock the House

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Five days into the 2010-2011 school year, Hampton Bays students are already standing out and being recognized for their good works.

During the September Board of Education meeting, several students were acknowledged for giving back to the community. Among them were seniors Tarrin Joslin and Stephen Dunn, who, along with Southampton student Robert Porco, raised money and supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island; and fifth grader Mackenzie Tyler who raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wearing “Kids Stock the House” tee shirts, Ms. Joslin and Mr. Dunn (along with Mr. Porco and Ronald McDonald representative Christine Olivero) explained how they raised more than $15,500 and in excess of 1,000 “wish list” items for the Ronald McDonald House. The students, who began collecting money and items such as “towers of tuna, oodles of noodles” and diapers back in March, set up collection areas at local businesses such as the 7-Eleven, the Golden Pear Café in Southampton, and several Riverhead Building Supply locations.

The students were honored for their efforts at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park on August 12 and received proclamations from U.S. Representative Steve Israel.

Ms. Tyler, who sold jewelry to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was also recognized at the meeting. She was recently honored with a proclamation issued by Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman.