On Tuesday, Compassion Connection gathered to make Thanksgiving gift packages for the families of the little girls in Preston Center of Compassion's Big Sister Little Sister Program. Each of the packages included a box of cereal, canned chicken and rice soup, vegetables, fruits, pasta, peanut butter and jelly, etc... Because of Compassion Connection's compassionate actions, another 30 families will have the chance to share in the loving nature of Thanksgiving, and hopefully some day pay forward the charity conveyed to them. Compassion doesn't take a rich or poor person, but someone who is rich in spirit and courage … Pass it on!
This Tuesday, Ms. DeMaio's Italian 4 class created packages for Lamp Ministries, using some of the food gathered in Compassion Connection's school wide food drive. Along with these items, Italian 4 made candy bags that were included in the packages. Each bag had a positive message written on their outside to help spread the Compassion that is so prevalent in Preston's walls. Students walked over the completed packages to Lamp Ministries, an organization that will then hand out the bags to needy people throughout the Bronx and Manhattan. Compassion doesn’t take someone extraordinary, just an extraordinary heart … Pass it on!
Preston's Food Drive is well on its way. For the fourth week in a row, homerooms are bringing in non-perishable foods... which are weighed and sorted by members of Compassion Connection. Some of the food has already been packaged by Italian Club and delivered to Lamp Ministries. And this Friday, Mercy Center will pick up 2000 lbs of food - to distribute it to the needy in the Bronx...
To date, we've collected 2785 pounds! Only 7215 pounds to go! We have three weeks to make it happen. Goooooo Compassionate Food Drive Panthers!!!!!!
The Compassion Blog would like to spotlight Gjoana Gjoni. Gjoana also volunteers for her service at Preston's Afterschool Program. She assists with games, and gives the kids there a helping hand in both the academic and recreational activities. Gjoana volunteers every Tuesday, and this compassion-driven service had provided a new insight into what being a leader means for Gjoana. When asked to reflect on her service, she says, "Being a part of the program is an honor because I can help children climb their own mountains and accomplish their goals.”
On Thursday, October 24th, Preston Sophomores experienced Challenge Day. This day was an extremely important time for the Sophomores, as they (and 25 of their faculty) got the chance to be experience a breakthrough shift in their class' culture. They found common ground with students from various paths of life. And they truly connected as a class. The compassionate leaders of Challenge Day provided the class with team building activities and emotional relief games and speeches. Compassion matters, in every person and every event… Pass it on!
This week, Italian club made candy packages and delivered letters of appreciation for Preston's faculty and staff. Letters were written by students in Italian class, and were compassionately delivered to shed light on the wonderful deeds the faculty do for Preston High School. They were delivered in the mailboxes after school, and prepped during the club’s meeting. Thank you, Italian students - compassionate leaders and Mrs. DeMaio, who took the time to acknowledge our teachers and give them credit for all they do … Pass it on!
Today's service spotlight goes to Mia Valentin. Mia volunteers at Preston’s Afterschool Program every week. When she's there, she organizes and assists them with homework or tutoring, plays games with the kids after they're finished with their schoolwork, and entertains them with activities which she supervises. When asked to describe her service, she says, “I used to not be a fan of small children, but doing this service here has made me absolutely adore them! It’s so nice to see their smiling faces when I walk in to begin the afternoon.”
Preston's annual breast cancer awareness volleyball game took place on Friday, October 18th. To help support the cause, ten dollar breast cancer awareness t-shirts were sold, baked goods (decorated in pink) were sold at a bake sale, and dress down money was donated to this cause. Thank you to all who donated money, bought a t-shirt or attended the game. Without this compassion driven leadership, Preston as a whole would not be the same … Pass it on!
Today's service spotlight goes to Jamy Swensen. Jamy spends her Tuesdays assisting children in Preston's Afterschool program. She helps them with homework, plays with them during their free time and does some tutoring sessions to assist further learning. Jamy's compassionate act have led to an easier and much more fun school experience for the kids she's been in contact with, and for Preston as a whole. When asked to describe her service, she says, "Honestly, I underestimated how hard the topics they're learning are, and am impressed and grateful to see how they handle themselves.”
Compassion Connection's food drive is officially in progress! After our first week of collecting, weighing and counting food from all homerooms, the first weight in is at 541 lbs. Thank you to all students and teachers who have contributed to this wonderful cause and annual time of giving in Preston's community. We are on our way, in our journey to surpass our 10,000 pound goal. The leading homerooms in the school so far are in FR 3, FR 6, SO 2, JR 4, and SR 1... with 9,459 pounds to go! Let compassion lead the way during the food drive journey… Pass it on!