With the holidays upon us, we wanted to make sure our children learn the importance of gratitude and giving back. During the months of November and December our students have participated in and partnered up with local charities to help those less fortunate than them.
Mommies Heart to Heart
A school-wide event was held on December 16th. Parents and children created “Bedtime Boxes” from shoe size and/or large boxes that were filled with bedtime essentials, such as a book, a stuffed toy, and a gift card. There were about 75 boxes collected in Zeppelin Hall. These bedtime boxes benefited children and families at the following organizations: St Joseph’s Home (part of York Street Project) Hope House,Newark YMCA Emergency Shelter, and Project Home. If you are still wishing to donate, you may also contact Mommies Heart to Heart for pick up details.
Local Food Drive
Last month, Mommies Heart to Heart also conducted a local food drive. Click on link below to watch some of our children in action. http://www.fios1news.com/newjersey/mommies-heart-to-heart-thanksgiving-drive#.WFMH4uYrLb3
We would like to thank all the parents and students that gave toward a charity and various non profit organizations during our Great Explorations Day! See our list of charity organizations we donated to from each classroom:
Sunny Yellow – WWF Polar Bear
Ivory White – Wild Life Animals through the wild life Conservation Society
Peaceful Green – Gorillas
Serene Indigo – WWF Bactrian Camel
Celestial Blue- Dolphins
Harmonious Orange – Clean Water Organization
Ocean Blue – WWF Monarch Butterfly
Galaxy and Constellation – Internation School through NASA
Comets – No Kid Hungry
Treats for Troops
Children collected over 80 lbs of candy that was sent to “Treats for Troops”. This organization sends out these treats to military personnel deployed abroad. Our Upper Elementary students composed letters and greeting cards to the troops, thanking them for their sacrifice and service to our country.
The Elementary classes held a “Operation Shoebox” drive in collaboration with Samaritan’s Purse. The school donated over 50 shoe boxes that will be shipped to a girl or boy that have been affected by war, poverty, famine, or natural disaster. The Elementary students learned how to assemble boxes and how and what to pack.
The Comet Class assembled 85 bagged lunches that was distributed to a local Soup Kitchen in Bayonne. Students learned what is a “Soup Kitchen” is and about the community of people it helps. Students formed an assembly line filling a brown bag with oranges, apples, a snack bar, and other items to help those in need. A representative from B2B came to speak to the children about the importance of giving and helping those less fortunate than them