Compassion Connection's Food Fest Fridays (FFF) began last week! The club is gathering spare change from Preston students during lunch to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Many people's homes and neighborhoods were destroyed by the Category 5 hurricane, and are in need of our help! Members of the club will be gathering every Friday for the rest of September to collect as many donations as possible. All proceeds will be donated to the individuals affected through Catholic Relief Services, so if you have any spare change, donate to Food Fest Fridays!
Members of Preston's Student Council joined together during the school's 9/11 memorial and prayer service to lower our flag to its midway point in remembrance for all those who lost their lives during this tragedy. Students and faculty gathered in the auditorium to honor victims associated with Preston's alumnae and faculty, followed by a moment of silence from all. We are grateful to all the servicemen and women who showed true compassion and gave their lives as first responders. Thank you to Preston's Student Council and Faculty for organizing this memorial. Never Forget.
Our last Service Spotlight of this school year is on Pearl Marinas. As this year's Compassion Panther, she was responsible for taking pictures and writing about the compassionate acts that happen at Preston every day. Every week, Pearl provided the information for these "Compassion Matters... Pass It On!" posts. Pearl also regularly posted on the Compassion Panther Instagram and Compassion Connection's Facebook. Likewise, she created slides for the TVs around the school so that Preston students could appreciate their fellow students' compassionate acts. In describing her service, she said, "To be able to witness, partake in, and share the compassionate acts done here at Preston has been the most rewarding and honorable service that I have ever done."
In response to the recent bombings in Sri Lanka, Asian Club raised money for affected families in Sri Lanka. By selling lollipops and chocolates, they were able to raise $88.84. In addition, Asian Club will be donating $150 that they raised at past fundraisers to this cause. Thank you, Asian Club, for your act of kindness to those in need!
Our last Service Spotlight is on Syvanna Bay. She volunteers at Preston's Center of Compassion as a tutor. Working with different children each week, Syvanna helps them with reading and homework. When asked to describe her service, she said, "By tutoring the kids and learning about their lives in and out of school, I feel like I've become less concerned with myself and more thoughtful of others."
Throughout the entire school year, Compassion Connection raised $531.16 from Food Fest Friday collections! With these donations, they were able to support several organizations, including NYC Rescue Mission, Food Bank for NYC, St. Francis Breadline, and CityMeals on Wheels. Most importantly, these donations were used to purchase supplies for sandwiches to feed the hungry of NYC through Lamp Ministries. Compassion Connection thanks everyone who so generously donated their spare change for such good causes!
As we approach the end of the school year, Compassion Connection finished one last compassion project to finish off the year! At their last meeting, members made Birthday Boxes for children who might otherwise not have a chance to celebrate their birthdays.
Compassion Connection teamed up with Abraham House. Located in the South Bronx, Abraham House works with courts to offer first-time offenders an "Alternative to Incarceration" -- a home where people can turn around their lives and learn to become responsible citizens. Abraham House provides families with crisis management and counseling for the parents, and quality academic programs for eligible children.
Compassion Connection was able to make 10 kids happy on their birthday with these boxes! In each box, there was cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, birthday cards, plates, napkins, candles, streamers, balloons, and a birthday hat or tiara and sash. As always, thank you Compassion Connection for all that you've done this year for the community!
Our last Service Spotlight for this week is on Briana Boiano. At MS 101 Edward Byrne School, she helps coach middle school girls cheerleading. As a cheerleader herself, she is able to impart her knowledge and love for the sport with young cheerleaders. When asked to describe her service, Briana said, "Service has been more rewarding than I originally expected. I personally believe that the girls have taught me more than I could ever teach them."
Our second Service Spotlight this week is on Erica Mitchell. As a tutor at Preston's Center of Compassion, she helps children every Wednesday. By helping them read and do homework, Erica believes that she plays a huge part in their lives. In describing her service, she said, "I am made aware of the pivotal role I've played in a student’s life."
This week's first Service Spotlight is on Gabriella Leiba. At St. Clare's School, she helps coach basketball and volleyball. Gabi cheers on the players, helps them enhance their skills, and assists coaches at practice. When asked to describe her service, she said, "I love being able to spread my passion for sports with these girls."