On Thursday, December 16 from 3-5 pm, P.S. 222 held a toy distribution event. Over 70 families registered for this event that saw the collection of 500 toys. Ms. Kirsten Kammermeyer, Theater Teacher, and Mr. Jason Albertson, Music Teacher, coordinated this event. During the first couple of weeks in December, parents and families of alumni students donated new and/or gently used toys of all kinds: card games, board games, puzzles, sports equipment, art, jewelry and arts and crafts sets, science kits, building sets, Lego sets, action figures, toy cars, animal figures, journal sets and diaries. The event included a gift wrapping section and a hot cocoa and peppermint candy cane stand. Families who attended experienced a magical evening filled with the holiday spirit.
On Tuesday, December 21, the entire P.S. 222 school community of teachers, students, parents and staff members participated in a Winter Solstice Walk to Travers Park. It was an amazing event with over 100 families taking part. To prepare for this activity, our school librarian, Ms. Rosemary Mullen, met with each class and conducted a read aloud on the winter solstice. Ms. Mullen also guided the students in designing their very own lanterns to bring to the walk.
On the day of the walk, families and staff met outside of P.S. 222 at 4:30 pm. Hot cocoa and coffee was provided by The Queensboro Restaurant at the end of the event. We are already looking forward to our next Winter Solstice and having all families join in as we light up the longest night of the year!