Fifth Avenue elementary students have gone above and beyond in their Kindness Challenge by raising $571 for The Takeout Project. The initiative, led by the Fifth Avenue Leadership Club, participated in the Kindness Challenge and sold Valentine’s Day masks to raise the money for local businesses.
The Kindness Challenge was a weeklong event encouraging students to perform as many acts of kindness as possible. When students were asked to return their checklist of kind acts, they included a $1 donation for the Takeout Project. Students performed acts like greeting the crossing guard and making cards for lunch aids. Second grader Leah Kropp gave out five compliments and “made a wish for another child in another country” because she “hoped students in other countries would be safe from COVID-19.” Leadership Club students also made cards and bookmarks for residents of Atria Senior Living.
Following up on this challenge, the students in the Leadership Club then organized the sale of Valentine’s Day masks, which further generated support for the initiative. The Takeout Project launched last year when the pandemic began taking a toll on local businesses. The project uses donations to purchase gift cards to struggling local businesses which are then given to families in need.
Fifth Avenue Leadership Advisors Michele Maldari and Virginia Fitzsimmons shared that “all students reported that accepting and completing the Kindness Challenge made them feel good about themselves.”
Photo caption: Fifth Avenue students show off their cards for residents of Atria Senior Living.
Photos courtesy of the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District.