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Crafting for Charity

hand-painted rocks for a kindness project Students in the GNPS Summer Enrichment Program have been spreading kindness and positivity around the community this summer.

Crafting for Charity is one of 60 courses offered through the 2018 Summer Enrichment Program. Under the direction of teacher Paige Heller Lenga, the class explored how “acts of creative kindness” can spread happiness and gratitude through our personal communities, our school communities, the larger Great Neck community and beyond. The Crafting for Charity class was joined by students enrolled in the Summer Enrichment ENL class, led by teacher Elizabeth Piperno.

This summer, the class teamed up with The Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park to collect donations to help families of seriously ill children. True to the name of the course, the students started a creative campaign in South Middle School during the five-week Summer Enrichment Program to collect items for The Ronald McDonald House. Students designed posters and wrote announcements that were delivered over the loudspeaker. As a result of their efforts, the class collected four large boxes of toiletries, nonperishable food items and new children’s toys. 

On July 30, the Crafting for Charity class and the ENL class visited The Ronald McDonald House to present their donation and take a tour of the facility. “It was a fantastic culmination to their summer-long efforts,” said Ms. Heller-Lenga.

Other creative projects during the five-week program included painting Kindness Rocks, which are hidden around the South Middle campus; writing thank you notes to the GNPS custodial staff  for all their hard work; and a Positivity Post-it campaign, where students placed post-it notes with inspiring messages around the school.