Students and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development (SLCD) recently held a food drive at the Woodside school, in order to support those less fortunate during the holiday season.
Spearheaded by SLCD’s student government, students and families, faculty and staff were asked to bring in non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, juice, rice, canned fruits, vegetable soup (meals in a can), pasta, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, canned tuna, fish or meat and 100 percent fruit juices. All food items were collected and donated to St. Mary’s Church Food Bank to help stock the organizations food shelves for the Thanksgiving season.
“This was a special opportunity for all of our students to give back to our local community and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate,” said Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman, Founder and Executive Director of SLCD. “We are extremely impressed with St. Mary’s Church and often partner with them for many community-based activities and support many of their programs like this one. We are happy to do our part to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
The School for Language and Communication Development provides special education services to children with language disorders, including those along the autism spectrum continuum. SLCD’s program has grown from 36 preschoolers to more than 400 children ages 18 months to 21 years in elementary, middle and high school programs.