Mark Twain Gets Into Thanksgiving Mood

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What a bunch of good kids.

Students at Mark Twain Junior High School (I.S. 239) are demonstrating the holiday spirit by creating books with Staten Island kids as well as donating wrapped items to residents of the community, reports NY 1.

As part of a leadership program, the school hopes to “bridge the gap from elementary school to middle school” said Assistant Principal Rosanna Conenna. Seventy-five first graders from P.S. 3 in Staten Island traveled to Coney Island to collaborate with the seventh graders at Mark Twain on a Thanksgiving-themed book.

“I would say it was more like a teamwork project, because it was us and the younger people working together,” said seventh grader Bhajhan Williams.

“It was really fun making this book,” said first grader David Falzone.

The middle school extended their outreach by donating items to those in need in the community.

“I appreciate it. We don’t much help out here as it is,” said Coney Island resident Ben Baker who picked up his goods at the lobby of the school. “I highly appreciate the opportunity to go somewhere when you need a little help.”

Good job seventh graders!