Neshaminy Update

Neshaminy School District / Holiday Edition

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Neshaminy celebrates a season of giving

5th Grade Senior Soiree Thank-You Photo

The holiday season is a time of joy, but it can also be a challenge for families in our District facing economic need and other hardships.

Each school has responded to this need by holding food drives, holiday toy collections and fundraisers to help every family share in the spirit of the season. These efforts involved nearly every student, staff member and District family in some way. A special thank you to our counselors, social workers, nurses and administrators for coordinating many of these efforts.

These drives also benefit from the generosity of local businesses, community groups and individual donors who give -- often without even being asked.

Neshaminy School District would like to acknowledge those who gave generously of their time and resources to help their neighbors. The list below acknowledges these donors. Though we make every effort to include everybody, we have many channels of giving and some might have been missed for this Holiday Honor Roll. Please know that every donation of money, resources and time is appreciated by the families of Neshaminy and our entire staff.


and have a safe, peaceful holiday!

District-wide donations

  • United Way of Bucks County
  • Kiwanis Club of Levitown - Bristol Foundation
  • Bucks County Courier Times
  • Middletown Community Foundation
  • Middletown Township Police Department
  • Lower Southampton Police Department
Pearl S. Buck Elementary School section
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Buck Elementary had a Giving Tree in their lobby to collect hats, scarves and gloves. A donation list was created using an online sign-up website. Buck staff and families chose which items they would donate, then delivered them to school. Donations for the families in need included toys, food, clothing, cleaning supplies. Each family got their large bag of food for their holiday meal complete with a large spiral cut ham. Among the donors:

  • Middletown Community Foundation
  • Officer Michael Marks
  • Families of Buck ES
  • Pearl S. Buck ES PTO
  • Langhorne Business Association
  • Pearl S. Buck Elementary staff
Joseph Ferderbar Elementary School section

At Ferderbar Elementary, families had the opportunity to donate to the food drive and Giving Tree, which included scarves, hats, socks and gloves for students. They provided 21 families with gifts for the holiday through donations from Queen of the Universe and gifts purchased from our Ferderbar staff. They received 409 donated food items, and each family that received gifts was offered 2 boxes of food. They would like to thank the following donors and volunteers:

  • Rick Scheinert
  • Bells Market
  • Queen of the Universe Church
  • Lower Southampton Athletic Association
  • John Kennedy Ford
  • Lower Southampton Benevolent Association (with Sargent Bowman and Officer Zaffino
  • Early Act Club Committee
  • Elf Fund Committee
  • Ferderbar ES Staff
  • Ferderbar ES Families
  • Ferderbar Retirees (Marie Dempsey, Pam Conklin, Pamila Sporny, Terri Magerr, Denise Ianni, Kathy Gill, Patricia Compton)
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The following individuals and organizations supported Herbert Hoover Elementary School families during the Holiday Season:

  • Bruce and Lori Naglak , 4B Construction
  • Jenn Rickarts
  • Heather Marseglia
  • International SOS Assistance Inc.
  • JR Michalski Heating & AC
  • Neshominy United Methodist Church
  • Queen of the Universe Parish
  • American Overhead Door & Dock Company
  • Kiwanis
  • Shoes That Fit Organization in conjunction with Nordstrom
  • Shop With A Cop Program
  • Hoover Faculty and Staff
  • Hoover Students
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Shown above, one of the holiday donation activities involves the second grade at Albert Schweitzer , who raised money leading up to a shopping trip in December. The students purchase items, including clothing, toys, and various necessities, for families in need.

The following are among the generous donors who helped with the food & toy drives at Walter Miller Elementary School this year:

  • American Legion Post 960
  • Queen of the Universe Church
  • Dunmore Corporation
  • Emmaus Road Lutheran Church
  • Walter Miller ES PTO
  • Century 21
  • Walter Miller ES Service Club
  • Walter Miller ES Student Council
  • Middletown Township Police Department
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The Student Ambassadors at Albert Schweitzer (above) raised almost $1,000 to add to our gift giving to Schweitzer families. They raised money each morning leading up to the holidays. They then went shopping with Mrs. Mary Ellen Pulak at Target for a variety of gifts including pajamas, blankets, and gifts the children in the families asked for. Students then meet during their recess time to wrap all the gifts. The photo below is four staff members that were a huge part of the Holiday Help program at Albert Schweitzer (Kelly Moyer, Danielle Dyas, Charlene Rugg, and Mary Ellen Pulak). This program allows Schweitzer staff members and families to adopt a family to purchase gifts for. The school community is giving back to their own families including 28 Schweitzer students and 11 families.

The following are among the generous donors of the Holiday Help program at Albert Schweitzer Elementary School:

  • Middletown Township Police Department
  • Middletown Township Community Foundation
  • Kiwanis Club of Levittown Bristol Foundation
  • Albert Schweitzer PTO
  • Albert Schweitzer Staff
  • Albert Schweitzer Student Ambassadors
  • Queen of the Universe Church
  • The Pulak Family
  • The Bullick Family
  • The Rugg Family
  • The Dyas Family
  • The Moyer Family
  • The Stack Family
  • The Behar Family
  • The Do Family
  • The Kelly Family/Village Cuts
  • The Lauersen Family
  • The McManus Family
  • The Mohammed Family
  • The Needham Family
  • The Norelli Family
  • The Simon Family
  • The Sweeney Family
  • The Tavares Family
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The Tawanka Elementary community would like to thank the following generous donors to the holiday drives:

  • Langhorne Business Association
  • Alpha Dental Excellence
  • Shady Brook Farm
  • Neshominy United Methodist Church
  • Aramark
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Lower Southampton Police Department
  • Giant Food Store
  • Tawanka Families and PTO
  • Tawanka Staff
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Maple Point would like to thank the following donors who contributed to another incredibly successful holiday food drive:

  • Maple Point staff, students and families
  • Maple Point PTO
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Middletown Townshp
  • Middletown Township Police Department
  • The Lohr family and friends
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Poquessing Middle School would like to thank the following donors to their holiday drives this year:

  • Scottsville Methodist Church

  • Feasterville Rotary Club
  • Queen of the Universe Church
  • Action Karate
  • LSAA
  • Staples
  • Mr. & Mrs. Soifer
  • Giant Food Stores
  • Kennedy Ford – Feasterville
  • Bells Market
  • Neshaminy Retirees
  • Poquessing Faculty
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Tri-M
  • Student Council
  • School Store
  • Interact Club
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The Carl Sandburg Middle School community would like to thank the following for their generous donations to the school's holiday drives this year:

  • Kiwanis
  • Queen of the Universe
  • Shop with a Cop
  • Athleta
  • Sandburg SPIRIT Squad
  • Sandburg PTO
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Neshaminy HS would like to thank the following individuals and groups for their donations. This year Neshaminy HS provided 60 complete holiday meals and many extra necessities to families thanks to the generosity of the community:

  • SILO Food Pantry

  • High School Business Department
  • Mr. Murray and the Environmental Action Club
  • Miss Drake and the Interact Club
  • High School Counseling Center and Support Staff
  • Entire High School staff
  • LIVE LIKE Phillip Foundation
  • Neshaminy Federation of Teachers
  • High School Student Council Officers
  • Anonymous community donors and families
  • Class of 2019
  • Bucks Labor Council
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Marty Sullivan - President

Stephen Pirritano - Vice President

John Allen

Cyndie Bowman

Irene M. Boyle

Tina Hollenbach

Adam J. Kovitz

David Marrington

Paul Saraullo

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Joseph Jones III, Superintendent

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