Number of Participants: 27
Hours Donated: 7
Value of Time Served: $1,597
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: January 11, 2016
200 Snedecor Avenue Bayport
New York 11705, United States
This past holiday season student athletes were busy in Bayport blue point school district lending a hand to those in need. They participated in several community service initiatives:
1. Warming Up the Winter
Bayport-Blue Point High School helped to create warm memories for children at the Head Start Program in Patchogue this winter by organizing a pajama drive.
The initiative, sponsored by the school’s student council, called for individuals to donate children’s books and pajamas to the 115 children aged 3-5 served by the program.
As a result of the program’s overwhelming success, the school was able to also donate items to an outreach program at a local church, St. Christopher Ottlie, which is affiliated with a foster care program, as well as to the Toys for Tots program.
2. Popcorn for a Cause
Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s fifth-grade Peer Leaders organized and implemented a holiday-themed fundraiser for a cause this winter.
The students created colorful “Snowman Popcorn” sleeves for individual bags of microwave popcorn and volunteered to sell the tasty treats during the school’s parent-teacher conferences. The suggested donation for each bag was $1 and, as a result of the generosity of those in attendance, the Peer Leaders collected $126.
The group will be finalizing which local charity will benefit during their January meeting.
3. Extending a Helping Hand
Bayport-Blue Point High School students, along with the district’s buildings and grounds department and the BBP Teachers’ Association, conducted their annual Haunted House and Safe Halloween charity fundraisers in October.
Many made contributions of money, candy and water, which helped support the volunteers who worked tirelessly, some for over a collective 24 hours, to plan, create, run and clean up after the events. The activities raised $2,128, which was donated to support two active BBP families dealing with major illnesses.
This charity initiative is part of the pledge Bayport-Blue Point High School made when it joined Compassion Without Borders, a collective group of Long Island schools dedicated to making a difference. The leadership, dedication and work ethic of all involved were vital to the success of the events and for meeting the goal of improving the lives of others while connecting with the community.
Story and photos courtesy of bayport bluepoint school district