On November 22nd, the Compassion Connection Club threw a party for the Big Sister Little Sister Program. This mentoring program pairs up Preston students with 3rd grade little girls. Weekly, they meet - they do homework together, arts and crafts and various bonding activities. At their Thanksgiving Party, the girls had fun making their turkey themed arts and crafts to kick start their Thanksgiving break! They played games and each little girl went home with a framed photo of herself with her “Big” and a shopping bag full of food from the food drive for her family!
Preston's Annual Food Drive is officially over! Not only did we reach our goal, but we passed it!
The Preston community gathered 12,426 points in pounds and dollars!
Thank you everybody for donating your time, money, and food! With these donations Preston's Compassion Connection was able to make the following donations:
-St. Anthony's Pantry +/- 1300 lbs and $650
-St. Francis of Rome Pantry +/- 1300 lbs and $650
-St. Raymond's Pantry +/- 1300 lbs and $650
-Center of Compassion Pantry in Dover Plains - $1500
-Lamp Ministries - $1500 & 5 packages of food (from Italian Honor Society)
-Preston Center of Compassion Little Sister families - 15 packages
-Preston Center of Compassion (supermarket gift cards for families in need) - $1500
-Santa Maria Parish - 28 packages for families in need
-Mary Clancy Foundation - +/- 650 lbs and $650
LET'S GO FOOD DRIVE PANTHERS!!!
About 2 and a half weeks into the Food Drive, between monetary donations and food donations, we have 4,086 points in total! We are almost half way to our goal! Thank you to everyone who has brought in food. Keep it up! LET'S GO FOOD DRIVE PANTHERS! BRING IN FOOD!
It's Food Drive season! Our annual sing-a-long assembly started us off! Remember - the 4 homerooms to bring the most food get Mrs. Dekajlo's famous cookies and if Preston collects at least 10,000 pounds of food, $10,000, or a combination of both, WE GET A DAY OFF! So LET'S BRING IN FOOD!!!
The end of the food drive is always an exciting day in Preston’s “compassion matters campaign.” In total, the Preston community collected an astonishing 10,240 pounds of food. Students spent hours passing food along assembly lines from the makeshift pantry on the stage to various pickup trucks, a bus, and cars in the faculty parking lot.
Approximately 3,500 lbs went to the Divine Compassion Food Pantry in Dover Plains, 2,000 lbs went Mercy Center in the Bronx, 2,000 lbs went to St. Raymond’s pantry in the Bronx, and 2000 lbs went to Our Lady of Assumption Pantry in the Bronx. 70 food packages were delivered to individual families. With our deeply rooted determination and passion, Preston will never settle for defeat. The charity we accomplish through the food drive every year is the epitome of compassion.
With only one week left of the food drive, the Preston family is keeping their fingers crossed that their goal will be met. Preston has a reputation of generosity to uphold and a goal of 9,000 pounds of food to meet. Every year, the previous year’s success is surpassed. Mrs. Dekajlo, moderator of the food drive, is certain 3,760 lbs will be collected this upcoming week! Stay tuned…
Another week down - another 1000 pounds of food donated! The Preston community contends with only 3 weeks left of the food drive. At the midway point of our food drive, students have donated a total of 3345 pounds of non-perishable foods. Compassion Connection members sorted and pulled out food items that will be needed to make Thanksgiving baskets and packages by Italian Club and Spanish Honor Society. The rest was packed up and made ready for a pantry pickup.
Mercy Center came with a pickup truck and assembly lines moved 2000 pounds of food from the stage to the faculty parking lot. If our goal is reached, we will collect 9000lbs and get a day off from school! With the clock ticking and the goal awaiting, incentive is high and the tone in the school is a generous one!
Students continue to bring in food for our schoolwide Food Drive. At the conclusion of the second week of the drive, our donations weigh in at 1876 pounds. A steady stream of canned soups, boxes of cereal, and bags of rice keeps coming in. Compassion Connection has already sorted out stacks of food for the various baskets and packages that will be made by Italian Club and Spanish Honor Society.
The pace is picking up for Preston’s food drive! Homerooms compete to bring in the most canned goods and bags of rice! Compassion & Connection members arrange the items of food and keep an accurate record to track the progress! It’s incredible that in just one week Preston students have brought in 639 pounds! Throughout the course of the drive, all donated foods will be distributed among different organizations, churches, and charities.
The students and faculty have started off the 2017 Food Drive on a very positive note. Just in the first week 639 lbs of food were donated. Compassion Connection members are already sorting donated foods, getting them ready for distribution to the various organizations that count on it.
Once the calendar reaches October, the acts of compassion officially commence at Preston High School! The Italian club crafted goodie bags to distribute to the elderly community at Preston's bingo night. Also, members sold pink tickets, including lip care items and hair extension, to support breast cancer awareness.
Preston's annual food drive began as well. Last year, the Preston community collected 8823 lbs of canned goods, rice, and other food items. This year, the standard has been set for 9000 lbs among the 482 students and 59 faculty members. Students were exhilarated by a sense of purpose and duty during Food Drive Assembly Sing-a-long!