This week, Compassion Connection hosted a Valentine's Day Party of Preston Center of Compassion's Big Sister Little Sister participants! The club's members entertained the children by playing Kahoot, bingo and making hearts in an arts and crafts activity. The volunteers that helped out at the party exemplified the virtues of compassion and leadership, and acted as role models for the girls there. Thank you to Compassion Connection officers and Big Sisters for making this day possible for our Little Sisters. Compassion is seen in unity with love, and love conquers all… Pass it on!
This week's service spotlight goes to Mya Maristany. Mya spent her summer volunteering at an animal shelter in Costa Rica. Not only was the experience a dream come true for her, but she got to show affection to animals that were abused, starved, strayed and abandoned. By showing this compassion to animals in need and setting an example of behavior for others around her, Mya got to embody Preston's mission of compassion. When asked to describe her service experience, Mya says, “Being around these animals has enabled me to be the most compassionate person I can be.” Compassion has the power to exist in every part of the world, through every person that encounters it… Pass it on!
The Gaelic Society held a bake sale to help to raise money in preparation for their Ceili. The Ceili is an Irish dance - an evening of music, food, and entertainment. The club is raising money to cover the cost of the food for the event. The Ceili, open to all students, will be raising funds for organizations like Project Children. Stay tuned to purchase your tickets! Be mindful of all people and all times, and be understanding of all actions. Lead your life with the gift of compassion… Pass it on!
To kick off the second semester, Human Rights Awareness Club held a bake sale to raise money for a disease called Friedreich Ataxia. This is an extremely rare disease that causes difficulty walking, a loss of sensation in the arms and legs and impaired speech. Human Rights Awareness not only helps to support causes that are commonly focused on, but also represents a part of the compassion driven Preston community that acts outside of what is expected. When the club gathers, they take into account various ideas and look to support causes ranging from personal to rare. The club raised $116.46 to donate to curefa.org. Thank you to every person who helped do compassion and who donated money! Compassion doesn’t judge; compassion brings only happiness and growth for those affected by its impact. Pass It On!
This week’s service spotlight goes to Kailey Blowe! Kailey volunteers at MMC Boys and Girls Club. Kailey helps the kids by acting as a dance teacher/instructor, and also serves as a tutor and homework helper when needed. Kailey is not only a role model for academics, but for physical motivation. She shows the children that with hard work, and a compassion driven heart, anything is possible! When asked to describe and reflect upon her service, she said, “my service has shown me that being selfless and a helping hand within the walls of my community motivates me to continue these compassionate acts throughout my daily life.” Being compassionate is as simple as a compliment or a selfless moment. Compassion is possible for all… Pass it on!
On January 8th, Preston’s class of 2019 graduates returned to our school to visit with our current seniors. The graduates spoke with and gave advice to the class of 2020 about college life, how to prepare, commute, dorm, manage time and cope with being in a new environment. Not only did this advice help our Seniors with peace of mind, but also showed them, along with the rest of the school, what it means to be a compassionate and kindhearted Prestonite! Thank you to every graduate who came back with kind and comforting words, and for being an example of genuine compassion. Be kind and humble to others, and others will be kind and humble towards you… Pass it on!
This week’s service spotlight goes to Kellie Faughnan. Kellie spends her service compassionately volunteering at Preston’s afterschool program. She works every week in the computer lab as a lab assistant and is responsible for the children's use of computers. She sets up the computer programs for the kids, hands out the ipads for any children who need to do their online homework, and helps with IXL’s, writing assignments and various other homework. Kellie not only gets to gain more online skills, but gets the chance to pay it forward, and use her skills to help those in need. When asked to describe her service, she said, “My service has shown me what it means to be a role model, and I’m very grateful to all the kids that I’ve gotten to help, who in turn, have helped me.” Compassion is a road easy to find, but takes work to walk on… Pass it on!
On Wednesday, December 18th, Human Rights Awareness club and K-Pop club collaborated on a Christmas movie fundraiser to raise money for suicide awareness in South Korea. Suicide rates in South Korea are among the highest in the world, and with the compassionate outreach of these two Preston clubs, our students were able to participate in changing that. The clubs spent the afternoon watching The Polar Express, with each attending student donating $2 to the cause. With this fundraiser, the clubs were able to donate $68 to the South Korea Suicide Prevention Association! Thank you to every student who came and donated, and to both clubs for hosting this compassionate event! Compassion takes a strong heart, a powerful mind, and a helping hand… Pass it on!
Gaelic Society were extraordinary leaders of compassion this past holiday season! To help support and give back to soldiers in our military that are overseas, the club created a Christmas Giving Tree. The tree's decorations included tags written with many gifts and necessities that could be donated, like shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/brushes, nuts/gum/granola bars and more! All students who picked off tags from the tree brought the suggested materials in so the club could donate the gifts to a local VFW to be further mailed overseas. Compassion is within us all, and it is our duty to give back using it… Pass it on!
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!