Community Organizations Help Bring Holiday Joy

POUGHKEEPSIE – In a heartwarming display of community spirit, a coalition of dedicated organizations spread holiday cheer to approximately 300 PCSD families this past Saturday., alongside PCSD (Poughkeepsie City School District) Community Schools, Charlia Frank Inc., Skip Lee Foundation, Richardson Foundation, and Saving Our Tomorrow, orchestrated a festive event hosted by Poughkeepsie High School, Dr.Eric Rosser and Dr. Phee Simpson.

“STRONG COMMUNITIES EQUAL STRONG SCHOOLS!,” proclaimed Natasha Brown, Executive Director of Community Schools. The collective effort of community leaders and volunteers resonated as they rallied support to provide an unforgettable Christmas for kids in Dutchess County.

The event, a collaboration between PCSD Community Schools, Charlia Frank Inc., Skip Lee Foundation, Richardson Foundation, and Saving Our Tomorrow, showcased the power of unity in creating lasting memories for the community. The festivities kicked off with a holiday dinner catered by Geneva’s Southern Blues House, filling the air with the warmth of shared moments and laughter.

Gingerbread house and ornament making added a creative touch to the celebration, engaging children and families in the joyous holiday spirit. The Mighty Young Techs took the stage, delivering a holiday performance that captivated hearts and spread smiles.

A highlight of the day was the special visit from Santa, who, with the help of generous donors, including The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, ensured that each child received at least two gifts. The spirit of giving and community support shone through, making this event a testament to the kindness and generosity within Dutchess County.

“This event is just one of many ways that we are reinforcing the home, school, community connection,” stated Natasha Brown, reflecting on the importance of building strong ties within the community.

The success of the event was further amplified by the collaboration with community groups, including Lance Hardy, Johnnie Faircloth, Christopher Grant, Ondie Thomas James, Keisha Mallory, Charlene Smart and Terriciena A Brown The Boys and Girls Club.

In the true spirit of the season, this collaborative effort has proven that when communities come together, they can create enduring memories and strengthen the bonds that make schools and neighborhoods thrive.

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