Number of Participants: 50
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $423
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: September 29, 2017
Valley Stream, NY
Students at Forest Road Elementary School in Valley Stream District 30 recently showed their generosity by sending supplies, toys and letters to those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Throughout the month of Sept., the school conducted a drive where they collected items such as backpacks, books, puzzles, toys and school supplies to send over to Texas. As part of a school-wide initiative called “Words of Hope,” each Forest Road student also wrote a letter or created a drawing to send to the students of St. Catherine’s Montessori School in Houston, TX.
In the letters, the students expressed their sympathy and well wishes for the people of Texas. They showed high levels of empathy, with many writing about when they lost something important to them and how they could relate due the aftermath that Hurricane Sandy left back in 2012.
With the box of letters and drawings, Forest Road included prepaid postcards in the hopes that the students in Texas would send a note back. They also sent the supplies and toys that were collected to the school.
“My hope was that as the students were starting the new school year fully prepared with their new items, they could step outside of that and be cognizant of how lucky they are,” said Principal Erin Malone. “It is a big deal to think of others and they did a great job.”
Photo Caption: Forest Road Elementary School students collected school supplies and toys for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.
Photo courtesy of Valley Stream District 30