Number of Participants: 10
Hours Donated: 5
Value of Time Served: $423
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: December 19, 2016
420 Albany Avenue Amityville
New York 11701, United States
Amityville’s Northeast Elementary School’s annual Winter Family Learning Night combined academics with character education while adding a holiday twist. About 50 students in pre-K and kindergarten attended the evening event with their families on Dec. 13.
Stations throughout the gymnasium were staffed by teachers and volunteers from the National Junior Honor Society (which includes student athletes) at Edmund W. Miles Middle School. Children filled bags with hot chocolate and marshmallows, then decorated them to look like reindeer, to send to troops. They wrapped books for needy children and made cards for heroes.
They were then greeted by a mystery reader, Principal Dr. Pauline Collins, who read “The Missing Mitten Mystery.” Shortly after, Santa arrived to pose for photos and hand out candy canes. Children then had the opportunity to make reindeer cookies using frosting, pretzels and marshmallows.
Teacher Tina Smith, who coordinated the event, said the purpose of the night was to further develop the relationship between the school and its families, and provide parents and their children with fun yet meaningful activities to do together. Students also learned about generosity and the importance of giving to others.
Photo Caption: Northeast Elementary School Principal Dr. Pauline Collins read “The Missing Mitten Mystery” to children at the Winter Family Learning Night on Dec. 13.
Photo courtesy of Amityville Union Free School District