This week's service spotlight goes to Madison Quattlander. Madison does her service as a tutor and helps with childcare at Our Lady of the Assumption School. She spends her time with children ranging from grades Kindergarten through Eighth grade. She helps them with math and English homework, supervises as they play and most importantly is a role model of dignity, honor, respect and compassion. When asked to reflect on her service, Madison says, “In my service, I have not only taught children what they may not have known about the world, but they in turn have shown me a new perspective that I will forever value and take into account.” Compassion is the result of a good-natured spirit, which all in Preston should aspire to acquire… Pass it on!
As the 2019 year was coming to a close, Compassion Connection was collecting toys to donate to those less fortunate. Alumna Nicole Ferguson reached out to Preston to let us know that a drive for toys was organized in memory of a little boy named Zach, who sadly passed away in September 2019. All collected toys were donated to St. Jude's, Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, Blythedale, and Montefiore Children’s Hospital. Thank you, Compassion Connection, for being such admirable leaders of Compassion in our school, and for inspiring the rest of us to follow in your footsteps. Compassion sees the needs of others and tried to meet those needs… Pass it on!
On December 5th, Preston's chapter of the National English Honors Society hosted a Christmas movie night for students to attend in school! The entrance fee monies were donated to the amazing cause of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, to help support the many families with children who are suffering from cancer this holiday season. A total of $86.50 was raised! Thank you to every student who came to support this amazing event, and to the compassionate leaders of the National English Honors Society. To be compassionate is to be kind, and to be kind is to have faith… Pass it on!
This week's service spotlight goes to Leah Medina. Leah volunteers at New York Botanical Gardens. She spends her time teaching the many children that come through NYBG about the plant life in the exhibits and scenery, about their parts, and what they do in the environment. Leah not only helps children to learn new things, but she gets to help her community at the same time. When asked to describe her service, she said, "some of my finest work has resulted through the work my service has provided for others." Compassion is an attribute that can be obtained by anyone who wants to express it. It is limitless in the lengths its effects could reach … Pass it on!
On Giving Tuesday, Preston's friends and alumnae compassionately took some time to give back to our school! $8,500 was donated to Preston. Gooooo Compassionate Panthers! Because of the giving nature of those associated with our school, we reached 85% of our goal of $10,000! This is the season to give and to be kind, and all of our donors have done just that. And for this, we are grateful. Compassion sometimes shows itself in the smallest of ways; sometimes in the biggest of ways. Be the one to make compassion a habit, and give back! Pass it on!
On November 26th, Preston’s National Honors Society hosted their annual in-school potluck! A total of 183 students and faculty donated to and attended this great event! All the food and entertainment was provided by the members of National Honors Society and its faculty council. Dr. Unger, National Honors Society's mentor, oversaw this very successful event. The proceeds, which came to a whopping $841, will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for the victims of Alzheimer's, in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Monies donated will be used to provide education, research funding, advocacy, local support, and resources for families and professionals in this great organization. Compassion doesn’t take a fighting body, but a fighting heart, which Preston honorably helped to shine light upon … Pass it on!
This week's service spotlight is on Angelina Rodriguez. Angelina spends her service volunteering in a local precinct, where she helps out the Bronx community. She files and organizes papers, prints out important documents for the officers and helps out in any other way that a busy officer might find helpful. When asked to describe her service, she says, "It's been an eye-opener for me to see the behind the scenes of what goes on inside a precinct. Also, being able to help out, even in a small way, makes it worth it.” Compassion takes a giving heart, a humble soul and a grateful mind … Pass it on!
After 6 compassion-filled, hardworking and inspiring weeks, Preston's 2019 Food Drive has reached its end! Goooooooooo Compassionate Panthers! This year, with the help of the many driven people within the walls of our school, we were able to collect a whopping, record-breaking total of 12,356 pounds of food, surpassing our goal of 10,000 pounds! Though everyone did an amazing job at feeding the hungry this year, homerooms FR6 (Mentor Mr. Martinez) and JR1 (Mentor Ms. Farrell) collected the most points in the school! Congratulations! The food that was collected in the drive was donated to the following pantries: Divine Compassion Pantry in Dover Plains, Mercy Center in the Bronx, St. Raymond's Pantry in the Bronx, OLA Pantry in the Bronx. Likewise, packages were made using Food Drive food for Preston Center of Compassion Big Sister Little Sister Program, Lamp Ministries, and Santa Maria Parish. Compassion takes us one step forward into a better world, and Preston is honored to have been a part of that step … Pass it on!
On Wednesday, the Human Rights Awareness Club gathered to write Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday letters for those who are lonely and in need. Members wrote diverse - inspirational quotes and messages inside each letter, spreading compassion through kind words. The members of Human Right Awareness not only contributed to spreading compassion, but they also got to represent Preston as a whole in doing so. Compassion only takes a kind heart and the passion to do what’s right … Pass it on!