In partnership with the United Way of New York City, The Chris Canty Foundation selected PS 43, PS 154 and PS 30 in the Bronx because of their successful participation in the Supporting Transitions from Early-education to Public School (STEPS) program. The STEPS program was launched by the United Way of NYC in an area of the South Bronx where a high percentage of third-grade students score low on proficiency exams. The program provides school leaders, teachers and families with the understanding, tools, and skills required to ensure that children’s learning and developmental needs are continuously met during the first eight years of life.
The students were given the opportunity to select a gift of their choice and Toys R Us helped Canty secure each child’s selection. The look of joy on each child’s face as Santa distributed their gifts was a heartwarming sight. Canty said, “I’m just excited to be a part of it, excited to be dressed as Santa, and bring toys to the kids of the Bronx. These kids deserve to have a great Christmas and I hope I can help to do that for them.”
After all the gifts were given out, the children were taken to the cafeteria where they got to enjoy pizza generously donated by Papa John’s. Canty’s brother Joe was in attendance as “Santa’s helper” and volunteers with the Chris Canty Foundation helped with the event.