Students with their new backpacks are Isabella Toral, Thurai-Yaa Chapman, Yusef Long, Juan Daiz-Vasquez, Kathleen Diplan, Ja'Najj Grant and Johnathan Pryce.


PLEASANTVILLE — The North Main Street School held a Thanks for Giving assembly Nov. 15 to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and thank people who have made donations to the school.

Benefactors were invited for a continental breakfast and a show of appreciation by students. Kindergartners and first-graders sang a foot-stomping, hand-clapping rendition of "If You are Thankful and You Know It," a second-grade choral group sang "The Thank You Song," and third-, fourth- and fifth-graders put together a PowerPoint program on the importance of giving and being thankful.

Jonathan Diego, a Pleasantville High School alumni who is now a lawyer in Atlantic City, and his wife, Linda Dilworth-Diego, were recognized for donating 100 book bags to students.

William and Elaine Hawkes, owners of 88.7 WEHA Gospel Radio Station, and Hawkes Janitorial Company were recognized for "adopting" the school. Last Christmas each student received a Christmas gift from the Hawkes.

Jim Burke of Mays Landing donated $500 for an Upsee, a mobility device for people with motor impairments. He heard about a fundraiser for an Upsee for a North Main student from his Uber driver, who at the time was substituting and heard about the fundraiser from the student's teacher. Burke immediately said he would cover the full cost.

The school also recognized PTO President Noel Maldonado of Pleasantville; Rev. Richard Younger, pastor of Living Water Wesleyan Church in Pleasantville; Rev. Matt Mouliert, pastor of Crossroads Fellowship in Pleasantville; Atlantic City attorney Katrina Tattoli; and Egg Harbor Township chiropractor Dr. David Sarnoff.

"We do not receive without showing gratitude," Principal Teresa McGaney-Guy said at the assembly. "Your willingness to help North Main Street School makes a difference in various ways. Each role you play is important." 

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