Lakeland Caring Closet

3LAKELAND_CARES_bc2The Lakeland Caring Closet was created as a professional development plan of our secondary social workers in the 2012–2013 school year. During that year, the district, as part of a grant through SW BOCES, received 100 backpacks filled with school supplies. The grant required the backpacks be distributed to students identified in temporary housing and those in poverty. At this same time, many of the local charities that provided support in the form of clothing and daily living needs were either reducing their supports or closing their doors altogether. Fortunately, our food banks continue the twice-monthly weekend non-perishable food staples for approximately 100 children across the district.

As more and more of our students and their families are facing financial hardship, the Caring Closet concept was developed. We seek donations of gift cards that our social workers provide to families in need. Cards may be for a specific purpose such as needed clothing, school supplies, taxi fare for a school appointment, or for holiday shopping. We have provided gift cards for family recreational opportunities, always the last expense a family will incur, yet so critical in a child’s development. We have helped several families during the past three years who have been burned out, losing most of their possessions. Click here to lean how to donate.

Social workers are privy to the confidential information regarding a student’s housing and financial status and make informed decisions in the distribution of gift cards.

School Social Worker Phone Number
Benjamin Franklin ES Beth Luft  914-245-7444
George Washington ES Trish Camia-Cass 914-528-2021
Lincoln Titus ES Andrea Cooper  914-528-2519
Thomas Jefferson ES Carmen Diaz  914-245-4802
Van Cortlandtville ES Katherine Rodefeld 914-528-1354
Lakeland Copper Beech MS Kate Schiff  914-245-1885
Lakeland HS Dawn Pellegrino 914-528-0600
Walter Panas HS Michael Weitman
Angela Perales    

Gift cards 
from the following have been provided to families: A&P, Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Walmart, K-Mart, ToysRUs, Old Navy, Sears, Gas Stations, Lakeland Deli, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s Regal Cinemas.