Preston High school dedicated their dress down to commemorate the lives lost during the fatal bus crash of the junior hockey league. Faculty and students wore hockey jerseys to pay respect those who were injured and killed.
Compassion Connection held their annual dance marathon event. Dance Marathon entails a variety of dancing activities and wii sports to raise money for a particular charity. Dance Marathon included a professional Zumba session, Wii sports, and Just Dance dancing games.
This year, the proceeds were donated to The Little Sisters of Therese. The Little Sisters of Therese operate in Haiti, a poverty stricken and destitute country, with the purpose of “spreading the word of God, educating peasant children and adults, introducing environmentally sound agricultural techniques, and providing programs for the promotion of women.” The Little Sisters of Therese consist of 250 nuns, all Haitian. The sisters struggle to carry out their vocation due to their lack of monetary and medical resources. In addition to this, the sisters often cannot reach their destinations because of the rugged Haitian terrain. With Preston’s contribution, The Little Sisters of Therese are closer to affording a truck for traveling and moving supplies. At this year's Dance Marathon, Compassion Connection raised an impressive $1800!
Italian Club continues to show their compassion at the onset of the Spring season. Club members wrote letters in Italian and English and made candy packages to show their appreciation for Preston faculty and staff. Likewise, Italian Club members made "Women's Day Spa Packages" with chocolate, hand cream, shampoo and nail polish, and wrote Italian/English cards for the senior citizens of the Preston Center of Compassion.
In the wake of the tragedy that occured in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Preston community rallied together to send words and thoughts of comfort. Junior Art classes created cards with simple paintings and touching messages. The entire school also wrote words of comfort on cards. Although these cards are small gestures, they demonstrate the way Preston keeps those who suffer in mind; even if they are 1000s of miles away.
Compassion Connection is making sandwiches... lots of sandwiches to feed the hungry! This year, the community outreach club of Preston has decided to make the Lenten pillar of almsgiving a reality.
Every Friday throughout Lent, spare change is collected during Food Fest Friday collections. Then the money collected is used to purchase sandwich supplies.
Every following Thursday, sandwiches will be made and delivered to Lamp Ministries, down the block from the school. Lamp Ministries ministers to the homeless of New York City, and is very happy to receive our weekly contributions of 100 sandwiches.
This Valentine’s Day season, Preston spread the love through the Compassion Connection Cookie Gram Sale. Students and faculty had the chance to order homemade packages of cookies - to be delivered to their friends for Valentine's Day. All proceeds were donated to the the American Heart Association. Over $150 was donated.
In addition to the cookie gram sale, 60 Valentines with chocolates were made for Preston Center of Compassion Senior Citizens. Compassion Matters... especially on a day when all should feel loved!
The Spanish Honor Society is closely affiliated with the Santa Maria Parish and often partners to spread compassion. SHS members completed a toy drive for children from Santa Maria who are subject to disadvantaged circumstances. Gifts were delivered in time for Christmas.
Each athletic team adopted a family in need this holiday season, and bought personal presents for every family member.
The athletes wrapped the presents in festive paper and bows. Jamie Skrapits, Preston’s athletic director, and the athletes hosted a Christmas party for the families. The athletes helped Jamie prepare a home cooked Italian dinner.
Most of the children are waiting till Christmas to open their presents, but the ones who couldn’t wait were ecstatic because of all the toys and clothing they received. The smallest things mean the most; anyone who’s felt Preston’s compassion can testify to this.
Compassion and Connection hosted their second party of the year for the Big Sister-Little Sister Program. The festivity was heightened by the Christmas decor in the cafe, the seniors' ugly Christmas sweaters, and holiday tunes.
The "littles" were treated with homemade cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. The "bigs" helped their little sisters decorate wreaths with ribbons and ornaments to take home. For entertainment (and to the delight of the "littles,") the Step team performed several routines.
Finally, every sister pair had a chance to decorate a gingerbread house. "Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves." At Preston, the "big sisters" take the holidays as an opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of their "little sisters."
The proceeds from this Food Fest Wednesday-Friday are going to The Food Bank for New York City. The Food Bank of New York City intends to provide 10 million meals to New Yorkers in need this holiday season. Every donation received by the FBNYC is going to be doubled by a benefactor. Although compassion sets the tone every day at Preston, it is amplified during the holidays because panthers cannot bear the thought of anyone being without a warm meal to eat.