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The East Greenbush Central School District has developed Reopening Plans that include a hybrid model and a full remote option for families. These plans prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff and the academic and social emotional needs of our students while complying with NYS Education Department and Department of Health guidelines.

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Holiday Giving Opportunities

Goff Toy Drive

Goff Middle School collected more than 500 gifts at a toy drive in November. Within two hours, they filled a school bus with presents and then delivered them to CoNSERNS-U for its annual free Christmas Store.

The East Greenbush Central School District has a long tradition of giving back to the community, particularly during the holidays. This year, due to the pandemic, there is greater need than ever.

If you are interested in helping to brighten the holidays for others, please consider the following opportunities. More programs/events will be posted as they become available.

Columbia Athletics Adopt a Family

  • Donate new unwrapped toys to families in need
  • Suggested donations:
    • Grocery store gift cards in any amount (we are looking to add $50.00 worth of gift cards to each family)
    • Puzzles and board games
    • Coloring books
    • Superhero items 
    • Legos
    • Arts and craft items
    • Sports items for our older kids (soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, softballs)
    • Gaming gift cards for our older students
    • Boots/clothes
  • Contact: Michael Leonard at

Columbia Stocking Stuffers for South End Children’s Cafe

  • Collecting stocking stuffers such as small toys, hats, mittens, face masks, toothbrushes and more
  • Donations can be dropped off in the CHS main office until December 21
  • Contact: Beckett Weinlein ( or Cecilia Cardona (

YMCA Basket Brigade

  • Baskets of Thanksgiving Dinners given to families in need
  • Suggested donations:
    • Monetary donations to purchase turkeys
    • Gravy (2 cans), canned fruit (2 cans), yams (1 can), vegetables (4 cans), cranberry sauce (1 can), stuffing (2 boxes), potatoes (1 box), cake mix or brownies (1 box)
    • In-person volunteer: You can assist in the in-person experience of assembling baskets or delivering meals to community families. Each function is set up to be COVID-compliant. If you are interested, please register using the appropriate link:
  • More information

Goff Can Drive for Hope 7 Food Pantry

  • Collecting canned goods for the Hope 7 Food Pantry
  • Donations can be dropped off between November 2-20 in the Goff front lobby
  • More information

Donald P. Sutherland Toy Drive

  • The Student Council is collecting new unwrapped toys to be donated to the Nassau Resource Center
  • Donations can be dropped off in the DPS front lobby from 11/23-12/11 
  • Any questions should be directed to

Columbia Leaders of Tomorrow Leading Today Food Drive

  • Collecting food to be donated to Unity House
  • Donations can be dropped off in the Columbia main lobby until Tuesday, November 24

Goff Holiday Drive-by Toy Drive (COMPLETED)

  • Collecting new, unwrapped toys on Saturday, November 14 in the Goff parking lot
  • No Contact Drop Off Procedures:
    • Place your donation(s) in your trunk or on an unoccupied seat in your car.
    • Drive your donation(s) to the designated spot at Howard L. Goff Middle School (look for signs) on Saturday, November 14.
    • Stay in your car, with your mask on & pop the trunk/unlock the door. A gloved & masked volunteer will grab the gift and you can be on your way!
  • More information