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SERVING A DAILY DOSE OF READING
As a relatively new public school, committed to serving a highly diverse student population, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School understands the importance of connecting with one’s community from the start. One of our goals is to show our middle school students the power of service to others.
With that in mind, this past December, student leaders turned what began as a small idea into a big challenge to all of our students to collect and donate as many books as they could to local doctor’s offices. Their goal, likely taken from a message that reverberates throughout our school, was to send a message about the importance of reading to and with young children whenever possible.
Sister Act provided some incentive that charged our students up and ultimately helped them understand their own role and the value in building a bridge to their community. The possibility of attending a Broadway show together set off a firestorm of fun around this service project. The importance of reading outside of the classroom became a message that travelled from our small school into our community. The result: our students collected some 1000 books that they donated to local doctors’ offices committed to prescribing and teaching the importance of reading outside the classroom to the parents of their patients-many who are themselves new to the community and have not had educational opportunity in their lives.
Our students now see that they have the power to become future healers of their world. They are looking for more service projects. A simple small deed became a large opportunity for Brooklyn Prospect students who have tasted the positive effect each and every one of them can have in their community and world.
For our Girl Scouts of Troop 5033, community service is not something that happens only when planned. I am fortunate to work with a group of girls that truly embrace the principles of our Girl Scout Promise and live each day “to help people at all times”. They deliver Thanksgiving meals to those in need, participate in food and clothing drives and in community walks to help to spread information regarding autism, hearing loss, and pre-maturity. These girls proudly assist at service unit and community events to serve as role models for younger scouts. They organized events to aid victims of hurricane Katrina, those who suffered after the earthquakes in Haiti and the recent Tsunami victims in Japan. Each year they join with a group of individuals with disabilities from a local recreational program and collect and package “goodies” into fabulous baskets to be distributed to local hospitals for children with cancer and their families.
One recent set of events that stands out however, occurred in December. At our November troop meeting the girls were each given the name of an individual from a group home for adults with disabilities, along with a wish list item. Each girl was given a stocking to personalize with the individual’s name. They were instructed to place the wish list item in the stocking, and return it at our December meeting.
The stockings, when returned to the troop to be donated through the Services for the Underserved” organization, were spectacular. The girls and their families put so much care into bringing someone else joy. Nobody filled just the stockings; all came back with cellophane wrapped packages. Not only did each package contain the wish list item, but the stocking and packages were also stuffed with all sorts of extras to make the holiday special.
Although the stocking project was a success, the Girl Scouts were not done for the evening. Our activity for that night was going to the “On Your Mark” recreational program for adults with disabilities to sing holiday songs. After singing, the girls and the program participants, along with our adult volunteers wrapped and labeled dozens of gifts that would be donated to “Project Hospitality”.
As the evening ended, our entire troop had that “warm fuzzy feeling” that you get when you do good for others. It was truly a day of service.
Minjung Park, the Community Relations Manager for “Services for the Underserved” informed us that, “A program director told me that the participants were overwhelmed with gratitude. They felt so special just having a stocking that had their name on it.” She also let us know, “It was the small surprises that delighted me - the home made coloring book, the tiny ornament that they managed to fit in somehow, the wonderful written wishes for a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays from the stuffer.”
I am honored to serve as the troop leader for these generous and responsible Girl Scouts. They have learned to serve their community and do so with pride.
Amanda Cohen (not pictured), Alyssa Scano, Angela Acevedo, Stephanie Bergen, Jeanine Woody, Samantha Bergen, Casey Abel, Briana Communielo, Gabriela Palmieri and Jennifer Orlando packing the stockings to send to the “Services for the Underserved” holiday stocking project.
Amanda Cohen (not pictured), Alyssa Scano, Angela Acevedo, Stephanie Bergen, Jeanine Woody (not pictured), Samantha Bergen, Casey Abel, Briana Communielo (not pictured), Gabriela Palmieri, April Mintz and Jennifer Orlando with some of the many gifts that they wrapped with their “On Your Mark” buddies to donate to “Project Hospitality”.
My name Rianna Smith;I’m a nine year brown belt karate instructor.I believe in doing all i can to help my community.So every Wednesday and Thursday,I volunteer at PS 174,to teach children from 8-12 years old with behavioral problems martial arts. The childrn are benifiting from the martial arts classes because they are learning discipline.I also volunteer each Thursday at BLVD Nursery School teaching 3-6 year olds children martial arts, so that they may learn self confidence and self defence.Last but not least for the past for years at the NYC DEPT OF SANITATION I volunteer to play the roll of an elf that heps Santa give out toys to children for families living in a homeless shelter.I would truly love to win the Sister Act School Challenge for my team mates at Kan Cobra Martial Arts Academy.
My 12th grade students donated stuffed animals to children in the hospital on the last day of school before the Holiday Break. Their eyes lit up to see the children’s excitement.
GirlScout troop 4725 raised money for the people of Haiti after the earthquake in January 2010 devastated the country. They sold homemade baked goods, jewlery, and crafts at various events. They promoted and hosted a walkathon where they earned money through pledges and donations. The girls dedicated over 50hours of their own time to this project and raised close to $2,000.00. All the monies were donated to American Red Cross to be used to provide much needed aid to the country. They have learned how important it is to help others in need, and have seen people hard pressed for money themselves be kind enough to donate for strangers. And the girls felt empowered to know that even as young as they themselves are, they can still do something to make a difference. Selflessness is a diffcult concept to learn. These girls not only learned it, they embraced it. We are so proud of these young lades, and are confident they will continue to make positive contributions to society.
I am delighted to share the story of how Girl Scout Troop 4725/4772 wanted to support the Haiti Relief Efforts after the country was struck with a devastated earthquake that killed many lives, destroyed homes and hundreds of people in need of urgent medical attention.
After much brainstorming, the girls decided to work on an extensive campaign to raise money for the people of Haiti. With this goal in mind, the girls planned and executed an extensive and detailed agenda to raise funds to deliver to the American Red Cross, which are to be used to provide much needed aid to the country. Many activities were held by the girls throughout the following months: they sold baked goods, jewelry, and crafts at various events, and almost all were made by the girls themselves; they promoted and hosted a walkathon where they earned money through pledges and donations.
In the end, after all the planning, time, and endless effort committed to complete the project, the most important thing the girls take away from the project is knowing that compassion is an important value that we all should have, and that with this compassion can come great things. They have learned how important it is to help others in need, and have seen people hard pressed for money themselves be kind enough to donate for strangers. And the girls felt empowered to know that even as young as they themselves are, they can still do something to make a difference. Selflessness is a difficult concept to learn. These girls not only learned it, they embraced it. We are so proud of these young ladies, and are confident they will continue to make positive contributions to society.
Participants: Jessica Eng • Jordan Foster • Eileen Jin • Allison Leung • Vicki Loudaros, Rosie Lu • April Tsang, Hannah Jang
Troop Leaders: Ellen Wong • Wendy Leung
Project assistants: Anthony Foster, Alex Loudaros
Amount raised and donated was over $2,000.00
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