Number of Participants: 7
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $237
Event Type: Disaster & Emergency Services
Date: April 21, 2020
A Smithtown High School West student enlisted the help of her friends to spread kindness and smiles to frontline workers and the community during this pandemic.
Grace Kamvakis, a junior at Smithtown High School West, and her mom Heidi, decided to paint rocks with inspirational thoughts on them, and leave them at the local hospitals. Grace enlisted some friends at High School West to help: Caitlin Camilleri, Olivia Bove, Goeun Chang, Carissa Philips and Jenna and Julia Savino.
After collecting and sealing the rocks from all the girls, Grace and her mom ventured out Easter morning. They graciously dropped off more than 200 rocks at the employee entryway at Huntington Hospital and St. Catherine of Sienna entryway and their serenity garden. Along with the rocks, they made inspirational signs of gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and health care workers and employees. They also included a note to take a rock and to spread positivity.
Since then, some of these rocks showing up on walking trails in the area. The girls are hoping their act will inspire more students to express random acts of kindness in the community. They have even received a call from St. Catherine’s asking for more for its serenity garden.
Photo caption: Grace Kamvakis, a junior at Smithtown High School West, and her mom Heidi, painted rocks with inspirational thoughts on them, and left them at the local hospitals.
Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District