Students create ‘bags of love’ for Sandy victims
view traffic Islip, NY 58In East Islip, the middle school’s family and consumer classes created “bags of love” that included travel sized toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant, all donated by parents, teachers and community members. The goods went into about 300 drawstring bags made from washcloths, courtesy of the pupils’ sewing skills.
“This way, people in need could not only get toiletries, but a washcloth too,” said Dani Franzese, a family and consumer science teacher in East Islip.
In Glen Cove, Deasy Elementary School students baked pumpkin bread 50 loaves and seven large trays of it using 130 pumpkins left over from Halloween activities canceled due to the storm. Volunteers from St. Rocco’s Church in Glen Cove assisted with the baking, and the bread was delivered to the Glen Cove Police Department, the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, area shelters and warming centers. There was also a special delivery for Long Beach, one of the Island’s hardest hit communities.
In Ronkonkoma, Connetquot High School’s Student Government wor timberland outlet ked with the Connetquot Teachers Association to collect and distribute seven pallets of food items donated at a home timberland outlet football game against Ward Melville High School.
“We all need to remember that as most of us begin to regain normalcy in our lives, so many in our community have been displaced or have suffered significant damage to their homes,” said Tony Felicio Jr., the teachers association’s president. “We need to remember that normalcy for those families remains weeks, perhaps months, away.”
In Amityville, the high school’s honors society helped serve food and distribute clothing to local residents at Northeast Elementary School and Edmund W. Miles Middle School, which both operated as family warming centers last month.
In Plainedge, the high school’s Key Club united with Long Island Food Not Bombs, a volunteer group, to collect food and gently used clothing for residents in Lindenhurst, Long Beach and Plainedge.
In other news, Kramer Lane students also pressed their own apple cider last month during a lesson on the history of apples, under the guidance of instructors from Nassau BOCES.
EAST MEADOWGeorge McVey Elementary School pupils pledged to keep a healthy bal timberland outlet ance betwee timberland outlet n mind and body last month during a 1 mile wellness walk around the school neighborhood. The event was attended by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and New York Islanders mascot Sparky the Dragon, who helped energize the youngsters, school officials said.
Jonas E. Salk Middle School students expanded their social circles during a “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” in which kids were assigned to tables according to their birth months and received interview sheets to help learn about their peers.
“This activity is designed to take students out of their comfort zones and have them meet other students,” said Salk guidance chairwoman and “Mix It Up” adviser Maura O’Sullivan.
Sixth graders Olivia Quitone and Ruby Hogan learned they have similar interests. “Olivia has a brother and participates in sports like me,” Ruby said. “We’ll probably hang out now.”.