In true Preston fashion, our Food Drive was a success! The school raised enough nonperishable food to donate to 3 organizations and a jaw-dropping $8577 in monetary donations.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Preston community, Compassion Connection was able to donate $1500 to the Center of Compassion (Fishes & Loaves Pantry) in Dover Plains NY, $1500 to Mercy Center (Food Pantry,) $1500 to St. Raymond's Church (Food Pantry,) $1500 to OLA Helping Hands Food Pantry, $1200 to Lamp Ministries, and $1377 to the Preston Center of Compassion in the Bronx.
Once again, Preston High School's compassionate generosity helped to make the holidays brighter for a whole lot of people!
Nonperishable foods collected in our Annual Food Drive have been picked up by St. Raymond's Pantry and Mercy Center Pantry. No Preston Food Drive is complete without our group photo in front of the pantry pickup truck. And this year is no different!
With 5 days left to our drive, we've collected 2 vehicle-fulls of food and are up to $6500 in monetary donations... Now two questions remain: Will we collect the remaining 2000 points we need to gain a day off from school? And which homeroom will win Food Drive 2020?
With one week left in our annual Food Drive, Preston has already collected 19,000 of the 22,000 points we challenged ourselves to raise. Compassion Connection Co-Presidents Lauren Scerbo, Alexis Marrero and Sara Quinn organized and bagged the food, to be ready for our Thursday Pantry Pickup. Food collected will easily fill 2 cars, and over $6000 in monetary donations have been made thus far! Even in the middle of a pandemic, Preston Panthers never fail to see the needs of others and to meet those needs.
Home stretch - one week to go. If you would like to pitch in with a monetary donation, please do so on the Food Drive Donation link.
Halfway through our uniquely 2020 Food Drive, Preston High School has surpassed half of the school's goal. This year because so many students are all-virtual, rather than posing a weight-based challenge, the goal is to collect 22,000 points. (Homerooms gain points by making nonperishable food donations in person or monetary donations through Preston's website.)
To date, the Reflection Center is filling up with bins and boxes and bags of food. And over $4400 have already been donated by generous students and their families, faculty and their friends.
If you'd like to join in on the fun - click the Food Drive link on Preston's Website - and pick a homeroom to support! Currently, Mr. Abel's Freshman 1 is in the lead. Right behind him, Mrs. Dekajlo's Sophomore 2. And Ms. Farrell's Senior 4 is on their heels. Which homeroom would you like to see win Food Drive 2020?
Compassion Connection is still hard at work making sandwiches for the homeless. Club Members joined together on a Zoom meeting and made over 340 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These were donated to Lamp Ministries, who distributed them to the hungry on the streets and in shelters throughout the Bronx.
Lamp' Ministry's founder and director, Tom Scheuring, emailed the following:
"More people are hungry these days. While some are fearful to go out, those who come almost always ask for "seconds". This week happily we can offer them that. The students are truly following the Lord's command to "Feed the Poor".
Thank you Compassion Connection!
November is "National Homeless Youth Awareness Month." And with this in mind, the Italian Honor Society went straight to work spreading compassion to the homeless youth who are in need. During their virtual meeting on Wednesday, students wrote inspirational signs in English and Italian for the homeless teenagers who are helped by the Covenant House in New York City. In addition, a donation of $100 was sent to Sr. Nancy Downing to be spent on the needs at those served by Covenant House.
In a beautiful sign of appreciation, Preston's Italian Club surprised the faculty and staff with a pizza lunch on Friday.
At their Wednesday virtual club meeting, members of the Italian Club made brightly colored signs saying "Grazie mille per tutto quello che fate per noi!" (Translation: Thank you so much for everything you do for us!) Pizza and signs were delivered by club officers to the main office. After six full weeks of in-person, concurrent, and virtual teaching, a gesture like this was truly appreciated by every adult in the building!
Compassion Matters... Pass it on!
Compassion Connection had their second meeting and projects are well on their way. Students individually at home, but together on Zoom, made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, homemade trail mix, and wrote and decorated cards with inspirational Bible quotes.
Over 200 sets of sandwiches and trail mix were donated to Lamp Ministries. Lamp ministers to the homeless in NY City and the Bronx. Last week, our sandwiches and trail mix were delivered to a homeless shelter near the Whitestone Bridge.
Making a difference one sandwich at a time...
Compassion Matters... Pass It On!
The Preston Food Drive has officially begun!
This year, in additional to donations of nonperishable foods, students (and their families and Preston staff!) are encouraged to make monetary donations through the Food Drive payment link on Preston's website. (Homerooms will receive 2 pts for every $1 donated.) All monies collected will be donated to pantries (along with the collected food.)
Preston held a school-wide Zoom Assembly on October 13th in order to get excited about donating food. The students and faculty prerecorded themselves singing a song "Don’t Stop Now," to the melody of the popular "Don't Start Now" Dua Lipa song. The video compilation was unveiled during the upbeat Zoom gathering of 400+ attendees.
The Drive lasts for 6 weeks and concludes on November 24th. As every year, we are incredibly grateful to the generous support of all the students and parents and staff who donate throughout the course of the drive.
Compassion Connection made homemade cards for the senior citizens of the Preston Center of Compassion - wishing them a Happy Fall. The text in the cards read something along the lines of:
As this school year begins,
on behalf of the Compassion Connection Club of Preston High School,
we’d like to wish you a beautiful Fall Season.
Please know that our Club is praying for you –
for health in your home,
for peace in your heart,
and for happiness in our soul.
Wishing the same to all who read this Compassion Blog. :)