Our second Service Spotlight for this week is on Cassie Greco. At her elementary school, St. Clare's of Assisi School, Cassie volunteers at their CCD program. As a runner, she assists teachers, collects payments and bulletins, and helps out with the children. When asked to describe her service, she said, "My favorite thing about my service is watching how the kids grow in their faith."
Our first Service Spotlight for this week is Tatiana Sanabria. Here at Preston, she is a Campus Ministry Intern. Tatiana actively participates in setting up and cleaning up after all school liturgies and is responsible for taking care of all necessary items for Masses. She maintains our chapel, where we hold weekly Masses and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and decorates boards with school Mass information. In describing her service, Tatiana said, “As a Campus Ministry Intern, I connect more with God and my faith.”
(Pictured in photo on right, alongside Maria Terzulli, another Campus Ministry Intern)
On April 16, Compassion Connection hosted their biggest event of the year, Dance Marathon! At this event, over 100 students participated in Zumba, Just Dance, and Wii Sports and received snacks, baked goods and other refreshments for just $10. (All of which were donated to a charity!)
This year's event was very special, since Compassion Connection was able to raise over $2,000 for Lamp Ministries, an NYC Catholic organization with which Preston High School is closely affiliated. Throughout the year, CoCo made sandwiches for Lamp Ministries, who then distributed these sandwiches to the poor in New York City. 1000 people were fed through the hands of Lamp Ministries.
After selling tickets for almost two weeks prior to the event, CoCo exceeded their goal of $1,000, and raised another $200 on the day of the event! Also, a representative from Altice USA’s Charity Champions Program presented a big check of $1,000 to Lamp Ministries, Compassion Connection's chosen charity.
Compassion Connection would like to thank all those who helped to make this event possible. Ms. Suzi Myers-Tipa, who has participated as the Zumba instructor at every Preston Dance Marathon, Mr. Teemsma - our DJ, Ms. McEvoy, who helped with decorations and set-up, Mrs. Brescia and Sr. Lorretta for their assistance with snacks and refreshments, and most especially, all of the participants whose donations made it possible to support Lamp Ministries in the wonderful work they do.
Compassion Connection has reached the final week of sandwich making for Lent! Throughout this school year, CoCo members and volunteers made over 1,000 sandwiches! About 500 turkey and cheese sandwiches, and 500 peanut butter and jelly, through Lamp Ministries - fed one thousand hungry people! A HUGE thank you to all those who participated in this project!!! As we approach Holy Week, let's not forget the sacrifice Jesus made for us and continue to help all those in need of our compassion everyday.
Italian Club hosted their annual Spring Party on April 11th. At this event, senior citizens were served pizza and baked goods, including brownies and traditional Italian desserts. Members of Italian Club and Italian Honor Society and students in Italian classes wrote personal letters and made goody bags for the guests. In addition, the senior citizens played several games of bingo and listened to Italian music. Thank you Italian Club for your ongoing service to the community!
On Thursday, April 11, Ms. Connolly's AP U.S. History and Honors Humanities classes and Dr. Unger's Honors U.S. History class had a guest speaker, Mr. Lewis Zuchman. As a Civil Rights Activist and Freedom Rider, Mr. Zuchman experienced life during the time of a segregated America and was able to share his experiences during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Encouraging our students to strive for progress, he reminded our students of the importance of unity and working towards the common good for all. We are more alike than we are different and we must always do what is right to help others.
This Spring, the National English Honor Society is sponsoring their annual Book Drive for Jacobi Hospital. All books, including picture books, novels, and short stories, will be given to patients, both children and adults, at Jacobi. NEHS asks all members of the Preston community to donate books to spread hope by placing all donations in the boxes near Room 100. A huge thank you to NEHS and all those who donated for your service to the community!
As we approach the end of the Lenten Season, Compassion Connection is continuing to make as many sandwiches as they can for Lamp Ministries! During this 5th week of sandwich making, 20 members of the Preston community made 130 turkey and cheese sandwiches. Thank you to all volunteers! All are welcome to help make sandwiches next Thursday, the last sandwich making meeting of Lent, in Room 104.
In just a couple of weeks, Compassion Connection will be hosting their annual Dance Marathon! Dance Marathon is CoCo's largest fundraising event in which there are snacks, Wii Sports, and, of course, lots of dancing! This year, all proceeds from this event will go to Lamp Ministries, an organization that is closely affiliated with Preston High School.
To help fund the T-shirts for this event, Compassion Connection had a bake sale on April 4. Selling homemade baked goods, including cupcakes, cookies, and brownies, they made $72! Compassion Connection invites the entire student body to show their love and appreciation for the good work done by Lamp Ministries by attending Dance Marathon on April 16!
As the Softball Teams prepare for the upcoming season, both the JV and Varsity teams gave of their time to clean up their home field. At Veterans Field, a public park, both teams rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Shoutout to our Softballs Teams for taking initiative and being stewards of God's creation!!