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Second grade organizes successful Pajama Drive

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Many children locally will have a brighter holiday this year thanks to the generosity of students and staff who participated in the WES Pajama Day fundraiser/drive in December.

WES students, staff share the gift of warm pajamas and a bedtime story with local children in need


During a recent shopping excursion, second grade teachers Kim Tallmadge and Michaeleen Backus nearly cleaned out the local Walmart and Burlington Coat Factory of children’s pajamas.

The pajamas featuring polar bears, penguins and other creatures beloved by children are gifts but not for the teachers families or even their friends families these pajamas will be given to local children in need this holiday season.

Pajama Drive

For a $1 donation, students could wear their favorite pajamas on Friday, Dec. 9 (Pajama Day) at Watervliet Elementary School to raise funds to purchase new pajamas for children in need throughout the greater Capital Region. Students and staff who were not interested in wearing PJs to school could still help support the drive by purchasing and donating a new pair of pajamas by Wednesday, Dec. 14.   

The elementary schools Pajama Day fundraiser netted nearly $600 in donations, in addition to the new pairs of pajamas that were collected, resulting in a total of 126 pairs of pajamas donated to Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Scholastic is a nationwide program that matches the donated PJs with a book and delivers the gift package to local children in homeless shelters and other facilities in time for the holidays.

Ms. Tallmadge organized the highly successful Pajama Day fundraiser and drive in a short three days. The pajama also drive supports the elementary school’s character education word of the month, which is generosity.

“It is just like our school to pull together to help others even when many of our own students do not have a lot themselves. It makes me so proud to teach here,” said Ms. Tallmadge. “I want to thank everyone for their help with the pajama drive. Many children will be happy this holiday thanks to the generosity of our students, their families and our staff.”

All classrooms raised funds for the pajama drive, but third grade raised approximately $90 the most overall and as a result, students received GOTCHA Stars to redeem for items at the school store.