Number of Participants: 200
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $1,690
Event Type: Seniors
Date: December 21, 2020
Making the holiday season a little brighter is the mission for students at Martin Avenue Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District, who are making cards for residents of a local nursing home.
Children have completed hundreds of cards which will be delivered to the Belair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, less than two miles from the school. The project was spearheaded by first grade teacher Mary Carrea and students from all grade levels joined in the effort to spread joy.
Ms. Carrea explained that a Girl Scout troop she leads in Long Beach is doing a similar project for a nursing home there, and thought it would be a great community service initiative for Martin Avenue. By sending the cards to Belair, students would be helping others right in their community. She added that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nursing homes are limiting visitors, so this is a great way to bring the residents some holiday cheer.
Students had 18 different design templates to choose from for their cards, representing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day. In addition to coloring the pictures, they wrote personal messages.
1: Martin Avenue Elementary School second graders, from left, Yandel Molina-Dominguez, Emma Carroll, Megan Daly and Alayna Mangels joined in a schoolwide effort to create holiday cards for the residents of the Belair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Bellmore.
2: First grade teacher Mary Carrea, who coordinated the project, checked in on Summer Ryan, who made several cards for seniors.
3: Jackson Argyropoulos looked the part as he helped spread holiday cheer to others in the North Bellmore community.
Photos courtesy of the North Bellmore School District