School Participates In Country-Wide 'Lost & Found' Program

A principal in Centereach participates in non-profit program to help local shelters and other organization.

Leaving Footprints on Long Island conducted its first County-wide School 'Lost & Found Pickup' to benefit local families in crisis. Christie Leonard, Principal of Dawnwood Middle School in Centereach, was one of the first principals on Long Island to participate. 

Dawnwood called and within days her lost and found bins were overflowing with unclaimed items from students. Luckily that is where the non-profit comes in. It created a program whereby schools’ unclaimed lost and found contents are systematically picked up and distributed to local shelters and other organizations that assist our neighbors here in Suffolk. 

This new voluntary system will provide a steady supply of gently-used items to those who need them while relieving schools of the necessity of making arrangements for their disposal.

Founder Virginia Armstrong said this program has proved successful. “With the help and enthusiasm of our school administrators and teachers, we are on our way to making a major impact on the lives of many Long Islanders who are facing hard times," said Armstrong in a statement. "There is no better example to set in the education of our next generation.”

Ginny Armstrong January 22, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Thank you for informing the public about our Leaving Footprints School Lost & Found Program. Our organization picks up from Suffolk County Schools and delivers to a range of Charities for distribution. We pick up twice a year- Dec/Jan. and again in June. Nassau County has already expressed an interest in expanding the program. Pairing this example of supply and demand is so easy and effective! If you know of a school or charity that would like more information, please direct them to www.leavingfootprints.org. Virginia Armstrong, Founder


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