One of Italian Club’s most popular annual events is the Festivale Culinario! Organized and sponsored by the Italian Club, Festivale Culinario is an event for the senior citizen community of Throggs Neck. Here, they are able to spend quality time with one another, enjoy some food, and play Bingo. The members of the Italian Club served food, hosted the games of Bingo, and most importantly, spent time with the elderly! GO ITALIAN CLUB PANTHERS!
Our Preston community is very eager to give to those in need. In just one week, we've already raised 463 lbs of food for the Thanksgiving Food Drive! With only 5 weeks to go, our Preston community needs to raise an additional 9,537 pounds of non-perishable foods in order to get a day off. We can do this!! A Preston Panther welcomes such challenges!
For the first time ever, we would like to present a Service Spotlight!
This week’s spotlight is on Emily Lam. Emily is a junior who volunteers at Preston’s Center of Compassion Afterschool Program. Emily tutors children ranging from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade. In describing her service experience, Emily said, “By tutoring young children, I’ve learned that I love giving back to others.” Go Compassion Panther!
The Preston students are very excited for our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! The Food Drive is one of our many traditions, and it encourages friendly competition to achieve a common goal: raising 10,000 lbs of food! For the next six weeks, all the homerooms will compete with one another to bring in the most food, and the four homerooms with the highest number of points will be awarded with Mrs. Dekajlo’s famous oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookies. If the Preston community reaches this goal, we will get a day off! As the school sang in this year’s Food Drive Kick-Off Song: “Food drives is what we do, we like to bring in food!”
Our Preston students are all about compassion! Compassion Connection members have already raised over $50 from Food Fest Friday spare change collections! Thanks to students' generosity, Preston was able to support the NYC Rescue Mission and the Food Bank of NYC with donations. A huge thank you to all those who donated their spare change!
What a great way to begin the new Compassion Connection School Year! 94 members attended the first Compassion Connection meeting.
Members wrote letters and made packages, including travel tissues and chocolates, for some 50 patients at Providence Rest Nursing Home. Preston High School alumn Michelle Luchetti works as Providence Rest's Director Of Therapeutic Recreation. Recently, she reached out to Compassion Connection in hopes of collaborating with Preston and establishing relationships between the patients and members. GO COMPASSION PANTHERS!!
Compassion Connection raised $197 to help victims of a recent natural disaster. Compassion Connection will be donating the proceeds of their first bake sale to Catholic Charities - Hurricane Florence relief in North Carolina. Be it by baking, purchasing home made goodies, or simply by making a donation... our Preston students are always willing to offer help in times of need.
At all of Preston's liturgies, the Gospel Choir leads us in singing songs of praise to God. Every week, they practice in order to perfect the music that will enrich Preston's many religious services. From singing “We Are The Family” to “Awesome God,” the Gospel Choir motivates our students to participate in the mass through music.
Most recently, Gospel Choir helped to kick off the school year in praise-worthy spirit at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The members of Gospel Choir showed compassion to the Preston community by sharing their God-given talents of song… GO GOSPEL PANTHERS!!
One of Preston's treasured traditions is Class Parties! At Class Parties, the Freshmen meet their Junior Sisters for the first time and the Sophomores rekindle their bond with their Senior Sisters. The Freshmen are able to learn more about the life of a Preston student, ask for advice, and establish a bond with their Junior Sisters. Meanwhile the Sophomores who met their Senior Sisters last year, are given the chance to spend time with them at a party in Preston's back yard. Throughout the year, our Preston students will continue to spend time with their sisters and do what all sisters do-- love and care for one another!
As Preston's Class of 2022 embark on their high school journey, their Junior Ambassadors will be at their sides. Their role is to guide them and be role models of how Preston High School students should behave - as women of dignity, honor, respect, and compassion. At this summer's Freshman Orientations and during the first days of school, the Junior Ambassadors devoted their time and efforts by making the incoming freshmen feel welcome: giving tours of the school, explaining the student handbook, and answering various questions. Already in their first days in the school, our freshman students see that Preston is a place of compassion!