With only one week left of the food drive, the Preston family is keeping their fingers crossed that their goal will be met. Preston has a reputation of generosity to uphold and a goal of 9,000 pounds of food to meet. Every year, the previous year’s success is surpassed. Mrs. Dekajlo, moderator of the food drive, is certain 3,760 lbs will be collected this upcoming week! Stay tuned…
The Italian Club and Honor Society celebrated Thanksgiving early with members of the senior citizen community. The guests were greeted with Italian cookies, pizza, refreshments, and a chance to win cash prizes playing tambola (bingo).
Students were thankful to share an evening with such incredible carriers of their culture, wisdom, and experience. The Senior citizens were amazed by all the charity the Italian Club and Honor Society does!
The proceeds from this week's Food Fest Thursday-Friday will be going to City Meals on Wheels, an organization that serves homebound elderly in all five boroughs. Without this mobile food pantry, many New Yorkers, unable to walk to the supermarket due to age and disability, would be at risk for malnourishment. Preston’s compassion permeates throughout New York, by supporting this organization.
Unfortunately, many elderly individuals are manipulated, disregarded, and taken for granted. However, the Italian Club adopts senior citizens into the Preston community. The Italian Club prepared for the next Senior Citizen Night by crafting candy packages "made with love!" Megi Alikaj (Class of 2019) enjoys engaging with the senior citizens because "they are full of life and excitement especially when playing "tombola" (Bingo in Italian) in hopes of winning prizes." The Italian Club defies the misconception of age barriers as Preston students interact and bring happiness to the senior citizen community.
Some candy packages will also be set aside for a LAMP ministry. Embracing another marginalized group, the Italian Club writes letters to the homeless, hoping to inspire and uplift those who are struggling economically.
Another week down - another 1000 pounds of food donated! The Preston community contends with only 3 weeks left of the food drive. At the midway point of our food drive, students have donated a total of 3345 pounds of non-perishable foods. Compassion Connection members sorted and pulled out food items that will be needed to make Thanksgiving baskets and packages by Italian Club and Spanish Honor Society. The rest was packed up and made ready for a pantry pickup. Mercy Center came with a pickup truck and assembly lines moved 2000 pounds of food from the stage to the faculty parking lot. If our goal is reached, we will collect 9000lbs and get a day off from school! With the clock ticking and the goal awaiting, incentive is high and the tone in the school is a generous one!
Preston’s Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game ignites excitement among the volleyball players and individuals whose families have been affected by breast cancer. This game raises funds for The Breast Cancer Research Fund by selling pink shirts and hair extensions worn by members of the Preston Community is these photos.
One of our own, Jamie Skrapits, Preston’s athletic director, battled with breast cancer so the girls played in her honor. The Varsity Panthers won the game. But more improtantly, Preston is the true winner, fighting for a cause. #Prestonstrong
Students continue to bring in food for our schoolwide Food Drive. At the conclusion of the second week of the drive, our donations weigh in at 1876 pounds. A steady stream of canned soups, boxes of cereal, and bags of rice keeps coming in. Compassion Connection has already sorted out stacks of food for the various baskets and packages that will be made by Italian Club and Spanish Honor Society.
Compassion Connection collected donations from its members to fill shoeboxes with gifts for underprivileged children through Operation Christmas Child. 20 boxes were filled with little stuffed animals, boxes of crayons, hair ribbons, toothbrushes, tooth paste, bar soap, knit gloves, and candy.
The Italian Club hosted its annual Festivale Culinario, an event in which Preston students interact with members of the elderly community. Italian Club members serve their guests beverages, Italian pastries, and other hors d'oeuvres. The guests, especially the ladies, were thrilled to take photos with Preston girls! Playing bingo, socializing with one another, both the guests and the Preston students enjoyed an afternoon filled with laughter and shared stories!
The pace is picking up for Preston’s food drive! Homerooms compete to bring in the most canned goods and bags of rice! Compassion & Connection members arrange the items of food and keep an accurate record to track the progress! It’s incredible that in just one week Preston students have brought in 639 pounds! Throughout the course of the drive, all donated foods will be distributed among different organizations, churches, and charities.