In just four weeks, the Preston community, students and staff alike, rallied together to contribute to the National English Honor Society’s annual book drive.
Over 1000 books were collected and donated to Jacobi Hospital, the pediatric, adolescent, and adult wards. Believing that knowledge is power, Preston did not hesitate to help those who have never owned a book or have no means of attaining one.
The Italian Club hosted their second Senior Citizen Party of the year. The guests from the Preston Center of Compassion were greeted with refreshments, including beverages, pizza, and freshly baked goods.
The Italian Club offers senior citizens the chance to socialize, play “tambola” (bingo in Italian), and be surrounded by charismatic and helpful Preston students. What a way to spend an afternoon!
The National Honor Society held their annual charity event. This year, NHS decided to incorporate the ideal that we are “diverse yet unified” in an international potluck event. Students coming from various cultural backgrounds all came together to share an afternoon with the intentions of helping the homeless. With the sale of tickets, NHS was able to donate $200 to The Coalition For The Homeless, a social services organization originated in NYC.
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.