RIT’s Computer Science Department Spreads Holiday Cheer at Rochester School 36

Faculty and staff to deliver clothes and school supplies to second graders on Dec. 15




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‘Tis the season to spread some holiday cheer! Faculty and staff in the Computer Science Department at Rochester Institute of Technology hope to do just that when they give out brand new hats, gloves, socks, personal hygiene items and school supplies to a second grade class at Henry W. Longfellow School 36 on Friday, Dec. 15, at 9:30 a.m. School 36 is at 85 St. Jacob Street, off of Carter Street.

“Many of my students don’t have basic items like toothbrushes and socks and gloves—necessities that most of us take for granted,” says Patricia Cook, second grade teacher at School 36. “The children will be thrilled to receive their goodie bags. I want to thank RIT for its act of goodwill toward my students.”

This is a project spearheaded by the Computer Science Department’s SOAR Committee, which stands for Student Scholarship, Outreach, Retention and Recruitment. The committee members also called on their colleagues in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences to donate.

“Margaret Reek, a faculty member in the Computer Science Department started this collection drive for students at School 36 several years ago,” says Paul Tymann, chair of the Computer Science Department at RIT. “Margaret has since retired, but we wanted to keep the tradition going. We hope that these gifts will make the holidays brighter for the kids.”