HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Students at Woodfern Elementary School have spent the last few weeks collecting pajamas.

The school’s kindergarten through fourth grade students, teachers, and staff members have donated 220 pairs of brand-new pajamas as part of the Scholastic Reading Club Great Pajama Drive.

The school will now send the pajamas to Scholastic; the company will match each set of donated pajamas with a book as part of the company’s 9th Annual Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive.

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Woodfern’s pajama drive, now in its fourth year, was initiated by the school’s third grade teachers with the goal of supporting children in need by helping them shed the stresses of the day by putting on a new pair of cozy pajamas and letting their imagination wander with a wonderful bedtime story.

The third grade “class governors” have taken on this project and have grown it from its inception. The governors advertise the drive, collect and organize the donations, and pack the pajamas to ship to Scholastic.

“This was a team effort. Our third grade class governors were thrilled to introduce the drive and help with the collection of the pajamas. With the holidays right around the corner, Woodfern students and staff collected a total of 220 pairs of pajamas. We are proud of our students and school for coming together and giving back to the community by helping promote a better bedtime for those in need,” said Stacey Dzvileski, Woodfern School third grade teacher.

The pajamas and books will be donated to the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need. The organization works with over 3,600 receiving organizations nationwide including group homes, foster care and social service organizations, shelters, Head Starts programs, and others.