Number of Participants: 306
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $5,171
Event Type: Hunger
Date: March 17, 2023
Bayport-Blue Point Union Free School District
Dressed in various shades of green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students and faculty gathered in the gymnasium for the school’s first Great Domino Cereal Challenge. The activity was designed to demonstrate that being kind can start a chain reaction and was part of the school’s Great Kindness Challenge launched in January.
Students who donated a box of cereal received a shamrock on which they wrote a message of kindness to be attached to the breakfast food. Andrew Oldenbuttel of Northport’s Stop & Shop also donated 50 boxes of cereal.
The boxes were then set-up in the gymnasium like dominoes, surrounding a pot of gold. After fifth grader Colleen C. performed an Irish Step Dance number around the cereal boxes, she tipped one of the boxes to set off the domino effect. The students screamed in delight as the boxes fell perfectly and resulted in the pot of gold to spring gold confetti.
Principal Ms. Dugan said, “I couldn’t be prouder of all of your efforts to be kind.”
The 306 donated boxes of cereal were distributed to Angels of Long Island, Lighthouse Mission, Our Lady of the Snow and Sayville Food Pantry.
A: At Sylvan Avenue Elementary School, 306 cereal boxes were lined up for the Great Domino Cereal Challenge.
B: Sylvan Avenue Elementary School Irish Step Dancer Colleen C. danced around the boxes prior to tipping one over to start the domino effect.
C: All 306 cereal boxes fell like dominoes during Sylvan Avenue Elementary School’s Great Domino Cereal Challenge.
D: Sylvan Avenue Elementary School Principal Ms. Dugan recognized Stop & Shop representative Mr. Oldenbuttel for the store’s donation of 50 cereal boxes.
Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District