This school year has been the best year for Food Fest Friday collections yet! Thus far, Compassion Connection has raised a total of $260 of spare change! In the first quarter of the school year, with these donations, Compassion Connection was able to support several organizations, including NYC Rescue Mission, Food Bank of NYC, St. Francis Breadline, and CityMeals on Wheels. In the second quarter, CoCo used collected monies to purchase supplies to make turkey & cheese and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches that were donated to Lamp Ministries. This only shows that at Preston, every cent counts! A huge thanks to everyone who donated!
Every year, Compassion Connection participates in Altice USA's Charity Champions Program. This is a contest designed to help participating schools demonstrate their community service by planning and organizing events to raise funds to help a charity of their choice. For simply participating, Compassion Connection received $250 to support and implement fundraising events throughout the school year and another $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. This year, they have decided to donate this money to Lamp Ministries, a Catholic missionary association that is closely affiliated with Compassion Connection. Every time Compassion Connection makes sandwiches - it is Lamp that delivers them to the hungry! With these donations, Lamp Ministries and Compassion Connection can continue to do good works for our community!
To start off the year on a positive note, Compassion Connection helped feed the poor in NYC. At their first meeting of 2019, members made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, that Lamp Ministries will distribute to the homeless. With these sandwiches, Compassion Connection was able to feed 120 hungry people. Thank you Compassion Connection for your service to our community!
Our first Service Spotlight of the year is on Cordelia Vohnout. At Fancy Feet Dance Studio, Cordelia is an assistant coach to young children. In describing her service, Cordelia said, "I'm so grateful that I get to share my love of dance and mentor the younger students at my studio."
In honor of the Advent season, the student body was given the opportunity to write Christmas letters to the faculty and staff. All of these letters were then collected, separated, and distributed to our faculty and staff members in time for Christmas by our helpful sophomores. Thank you Sophomores for your service!
For our Christmas liturgy, our sophomores volunteered to package 500 bags of hay for the Preston community. The hay serves as a symbolic representation to all of us of the birth of Jesus, the King of Kings, in a manger. At the mass, these bags of hay were blessed and distributed to everyone.
At the Big Sister Little Sister Christmas Party, Preston's Step Team performed a special routine for their audience of Bigs and Littles. The Step Team always goes out of their way to perform every year. Our little sisters and big sisters really enjoyed this year's performance. Thank you Steppers for sharing your beautiful talent with us!
During the Christmas season, Compassion Connection hosts the Big Sister Little Sister Christmas party. Every year, members of Compassion Connection bakes Christmas goodies and organize several fun activities for the little sisters and big sisters.
At this year's party, the Bigs and Littles enjoyed pizza and home-made Christmas-themed treats, made Christmas sticker posters, sang Christmas carols, and made ornaments. A big thank you to all those who contributed to creating such a wonderful Christmas event!
Our second Service Spotlight is on Chidinma Ohadoma. At Preston's Center of Compassion Afterschool Program, Chidinma is a tutor to children from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade. When asked to describe her service, Chidinma said, "I am so grateful that my service has given me the opportunity to educate kids in my community and make them excited to learn."
To continue to foster their relationships with residents of Providence Rest Nursing Home, members of Compassion Connection wrote letters to their pen pals. In these letters, they spoke about their favorite subjects, hobbies, and extra curricular activities. Throughout the school year, Compassion Connection members will continue to write letters to their new "pals."