Our Service Spotlight for this week is on Briana Marmolejos. Briana is a tutor for children ranging from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade. At Preston's Center of Compassion, she helps them with their homework and reading. When asked to describe her service, she said, “my service has taught me to be more patient and understanding.”
During this season of love, Italian Honor Society made 12 Valentine's Day Packages for Lamp Ministries. These bags contain toiletries, including deodorants, toothbrushes, and toothpastes, letters from students in Italian and inspirational messages. Lamp Ministries will be delivering these packages to women in shelters. Thank you Italian Club for spreading the love this Valentine's Day!
This Valentine's Day season, Compassion Connection sponsored a Cookie Gram Sale for the American Heart Association. Students and faculty were given the opportunity to send a package of 5 homemade cookies to their friends. On Valentine's Day these packages of cookies were delivered. Through this sale, Compassion Connection raised $330 for the American Heart Association. Thank you Compassion Connection for being a true model of love for everyone every day!
This week's Service Spotlight is on Alianna Guerra. At Preston, Alianna is a Campus Ministry Intern. At all of our liturgies, she is there to organize and set up everything that is necessary. Alianna is also responsible for maintaining our chapel and items needed for masses. In describing her service, she said, “through my service I've learned to deepen my relationship with God.”
Every year, the Spanish Honor Society hosts bake sales, dress downs and many other events. SHS, then, uses a majority of the money that they acquire from all of these events to sponsor a scholarship for a Preston student. This week, SHS had a bake sale and dress down to raise money for this year's scholarship. A huge thank you to all those who donated!
In an effort to brighten up the lives of the elderly and those in service, the National Honor Society is sponsoring a letter collection to support two charities, Love for the Elderly and Operation Gratitude. Love for the Elderly is a non-profit organization, devoted to providing seniors with the love and appreciation they deserve. While Operation Gratitude has a mission of expressing gratitude to those who serve our country by providing Americans with the opportunity to share their appreciation. Through this service project, students and faculty are encouraged to write simple, yet creative cards for the elderly and veterans, new recruits and first responders. This shows that a simple act of kindness can truly make an impact on someone's life!
Preston's Albanian Club is preparing for their Quarter 4 Can Tab War, a fun yet compassionate competition among all of our cultural clubs. The main goal of Albanian Club's Can Tab War is to collect as many can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Through their can tab collections, the Ronald McDonald House is able to raise thousands of dollars to help hospitalized children and their families. Beginning in April, the Albanian Club will accept contributions from the entire Preston community. It's the little things, like the tabs on your cans, that truly make a difference! Start collecting yoru can tabs now!
Our Service Spotlight for this week is on Tavia Taylor. Here, at Preston, Tavia is an AV intern for Mr. Teemsma, our Director of Audio and Visual. At any events, that require audio and visual, Tavia is there to help set up and oversee all of the equipment needed. When asked to describe her service, she said, "as an AV Intern, I learned a lot about sound and visuals. Most importantly, how to work with them. Working with Mr. T has been a fun and enlightening experience."
After the holiday season, Compassion Connection collected recycled Christmas-themed card tops for St. Jude's Ranch. With these card tops, St. Jude's Ranch makes new cards that are sold to the public. Throughout the year, they accept card fronts for all occasions. The proceeds from the new cards are used to help provide for abused and neglected children in Nevada.
With mid-term exams around the corner, the Preston community sent motivational messages through the Gaelic Society's Good Luck Gram Sale. With these Good Luck Grams, students and faculty were given the opportunity to order packages of candy or cookies to wish good luck to their friends for mid-terms. All proceeds will go to Project Children, an organization that coordinates aid for children in Northern Ireland.