Classroom cheer: IS 281 students and families celebrate season

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They ate, drank juice, and were merry!

Young scholars at Gravesend’s IS 281, the Joseph B. Cavallaro School, spread the holiday spirit among family and friends at the learning house’s annual Yuletide party, a year-end event that is as fun to put together as it is to attend, according to an organizer.

“I love doing this,” said school parent Christine Dimatteo. “I find it truly rewarding.”

The Dec. 5 Holiday Festival kicked off just as classes wound down for the day, with students booking it to the middle school’s cafeteria to mingle with more than 600 of their loved ones and pals as soon as the last bell rang.

The festivities included making paper snowflakes, performances by the school’s chorus and dance team, and a feast featuring grub donated by local eateries, including pasta, meatballs, and salad from Gargiulo’s, pizza from Fratelli’s, burritos from Chipotle Mexican Grill, and desserts from Elegante Pastry Shop, among others, said Dimatteo.

And IS 281 Principal Maria Bender, teachers, and other administrators stuck around to serve the grub to the kids and their guests, she said.

Two very special guests also stopped by — Santa Claus, who took time off from his very busy days at the North Pole to greet the kids, and New York Mets mascot Mr. Met, who with the jolly old elf posed for photos with their adoring fans, according to Dimatteo.

The bash concluded with a whopping 75 giveaways to some of the lucky partygoers, including gift cards to nearby businesses such as L&B Spumoni Gardens, Leo’s Casa Calamari, and Dolphin Fitness, among others, the organizer said.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Posted 12:00 am, December 10, 2018
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