Compassion is not only popular in Preston High School, but in the Bronx as well! This 2nd week of sandwich making was very special because News 12 The Bronx came to do a segment on Compassion Connection! On March 14, 28 club members and volunteers came together to make 160 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. At this week's meeting, a reporter from News 12 filmed the process, from making of the sandwiches to the weekly delivery to Lamp Ministries. Two club officers, Aiyana Adams and Vicky Escalona were even interviewed! For the next month, Compassion Connection invites all members of the Preston community to stop by room 104 and help make sandwiches! A HUGE thank you to News 12 The Bronx and Compassion Connection for always setting a precedent of compassion for all!!
To see the video segment about Compassion Connection on News 12 The Bronx click here.
Throughout the entire month of March, the Women's Empowerment Club is hosting a Toiletries Drive for the Sisters of Life. The Sisters of Life is a female Roman Catholic religious institute that is dedicated to the promotion of pro-life causes. Donated items can include, but are not limited to, menstrual pads, deodorants, toothbrushes and toothpastes, soap, shampoo and conditioner. All are invited to donate and place these items in the box in front of the security desk. Thank you Women’s Empowerment Club for helping others this Lent!
The Albanian Club had a bake sale for Ronald McDonald House, an organization that helps millions of families with sick children by providing support and resources when they need it most. They sold Albanian treats, including baklava, burek and other delicious goodies. From several of their bake sales, they've raised $200, which will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. A huge thank you to Albanian Club for being a model of charity for all!
Throughout the six weeks of Lent, Compassion Connection is inviting all members of the Preston community to make sandwiches for Lamp Ministries. On March 5, Compassion Connection had a bake sale to support these meetings. They made $94 selling homemade brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and rice crispy treats. All proceeds will be used to purchase materials needed for making sandwiches.
On Thursday March 7, the weekly sandwich making began! Students made 120 turkey and cheese sandwiches for the hungry in NYC. All are welcome to help make sandwiches every Thursday in Room 104. This Lent, let's reflect on Jesus, the greatest sacrifice, and share our gratitude by helping others.
In the spirit of International Women's Day, Italian Club and Italian Honor Society hosted their annual Women's Day Party. At a club meeting preceding this event, students made packages, including nail polish, lip glosses and chocolates. In Italian classes, students wrote letters for the guests of the party.
The event took place on March 7. Guests included senior citizens from Preston's Center of Compassion's Seniors Program and residents of a women's shelter. All were invited to eat pizza and play bingo. Thank you Italian Club and Italian Honor Society for being an example of compassion for all this Lenten Season!
In an effort to bring awareness to the importance of recycling, Preston High School has begun to participate in the Pepsi Rally, a nationwide recycling program that offers opportunities for schools to receive supplies and rewards, motivating students to take care of our environment by recycling. Throughout the school, there are several recycling bins, labeled with stickers and posters, encouraging the Preston community to recycle. Every week, students in Dr. Zeoli’' Earth Science Honors Class weigh, measure and track our recycling activity in order to earn points. With the recycled bottles and cans, PepsiCo Recycling is able to support post-9/11 veterans with disabilities through their partnership with the Entrepreneurship for Veterans with Disabilities.
In several science classes, students were instructed to write their own pledges to themselves to reduce, reuse and recycle. Let's be good stewards of the earth by recycling our cans and bottles!
Every week during this Lenten Season, members of Compassion Connection will be making turkey and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Lamp Ministries, who, then, delivers these sandwiches to the poor in New York City. In order to fund supplies for these sandwiches, Compassion Connection will use monies collected from the next 6 Food Fest Friday collections on supplies. Compassion Connection invites the entire student body to dedicate some of their time to help in making sandwiches for the poor. This Lenten Season, let's be present for those in need and sacrifice some of our time to make other people's lives better!
After writing Christmas letters to residents at Providence Rest Nursing Home, members of Compassion Connection received their first letters back from their pen pals. In these letters, residents thanked them for sharing things about themselves and shared some of their interests, hobbies and their own experiences. For the remainder of the school year, Compassion Connection members and Providence Rest residents will continue to send letters to each other.
This week's Service Spotlight is on Sam Cruz. Sam is a big sister to a third grade girl named Alexa. At Preston's Center of Compassion's Big Sister Little Sister Program, she helps her little sister with homework and does fun activities with her. In describing her service, Sam said, "Through Big Sister Little Sister, I've gotten to experience what it's like to have a little sister of my own and how I could be a good role model for her."
Our Service Spotlight for this week is on Briana Marmolejos. Briana is a tutor for children ranging from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade. At Preston's Center of Compassion, she helps them with their homework and reading. When asked to describe her service, she said, “my service has taught me to be more patient and understanding.”