Preston's Compassion Connection Is Back In Action!!
After an EXTREMELY long 18 months, Compassion Connection has finally met again in person with record-breaking numbers! For our first meeting of the year, 134 students attended, beating typical first club meeting attendance by 40 students! To welcome everyone back, we did what we do best - we made sandwiches. Being able to come together again after such a long time has truly brought the compassion out in our club members. Students were all so excited to be back in room 100 together again. We made over 325 sandwiches, which were then picked up by Lamp Ministries to be distributed to the hungry on the streets of the Bronx and Manhattan.
Six Compassion Connection students are volunteering with an organization called Luv Michael. "Luv Michael advocates for autism acceptance and supports meaningful and fulfilling lives for adults with autism." Sophomore Charlotte Dagostino said, "Being a part of the Luv Michael has truly been an eye-opening experience. My mother has a background in teaching special education children. It feels good to know I am doing something good for the less fortunate." Freshman Rhiannon Hiney has already raised $432 to support this amazing organization! Students like sophomore Amanda Tamburrino are working to spread adult autism awareness and to raise money for this organization that gives job opportunities to autistic adults, working in their Granola company. Thank you, Compassion Connection, for your efforts with this worthy cause.
The Sisters of Divine Compassion hold a very special place in the hearts of Preston students. Compassion Connection's latest project involved reaching out to these sisters - precisely to let them know how grateful we at Preston are, for all they've done to lay the foundation of the school we have today. 18 students wrote handwritten personalized letters to the most elderly in the Divine Compassion community. Others in the club made handmade Easter ornaments. Every sister received a package with ornaments and chocolates to bring her a little bit of Spring, in anticipation of the coming Easter!
Preston is back in the building, so Compassion Connection is making sandwiches for the homeless once again! 20 students make a total of 200 peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches at home - together on a zoom club meeting this past Tuesday. These sandwiches were donated to Lamp Ministries. The club is looking forward to their first in-person sandwich making event of the year, coming up on April 21st.
The Italian Honor Society made 25 "Women's Day Spa" packages for the members of the Senior Run Program of the Preston Center of Compassion. These packages include: inspirational messages in Italian and in English, lipstick, nail polish, and Godiva chocolate bars.
Thank you, Italian Honor Society, for commemorating Women's Day in such a compassionate way.
Preston's Italian Club continues to spread the love! Most recently, they made 15 "Valentine's Day Safety Packages" for the senior citizens of the Compassion Center's Senior Run Program. They consist of inspirational messages in Italian and in English, fashion masks, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and Godiva chocolate bars.
Thank you, Italian Club, for consistently reminding our school community that compassion matters!
February 17 was "Random Acts of Kindness Day."
Compassion Connection joined the world in spreading compassion through random loving acts. This word cloud shows a sampling of what students chose to do to spread kindness in a world that desperately needs it right now! Thank you, Compassion Connection, for being kind!
The Italian Honor Society is once again bringing their love to those in need. Students made 15 "Valentine's Day Toiletry Items Gift Packages" for women who are currently staying in shelters. The packages will be donated through LAMP Ministries. They include letters of inspiration in Italian and English, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hand sanitizers, tissue packs, and candles. Grazie, Italian Honor Society, for the heartfelt compassion you continually bring to the world!
Members of the Spanish Honor Society donated toiletries to make hygiene kits for POTS—an organization that works to serve homeless people in the Bronx. Members also wrote messages of encouragement in Spanish and English for each kit. Spanish Honor Society students were able to donate 71 hygiene kits and many other extra toiletries. Muchas Gracias to these generous students! Many needy New Yorkers will benefit from their compassion in the coming months!
Italian Honor Society continues to help the less fortunate in our community. This week, 14 Christmas packages were made and letters were written by members for those currently staying in a shelter. The packages include: new hats, gloves, scarves, candy bags and Christmas messages in Italian and in English. They will be delivered to LAMP Ministries this week. Then during the weekend, when Lamp ministers to those in our local Throggs Neck shelter, they'll be able to bring them a little Christmas cheer as well. Buon Natale!