Lakeside Celebrates Service Learning

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Students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Levy Lakeside School discussed their grade-level community service projects with the entire school during the school’s third annual Celebration of Service Learning held prior to the close of the school year. Projects highlighted included:

•  Kindergartners’ creation of Welcome to Kindergarten books for next year’s incoming class.
• First graders’ collection of socks for those in need through the Knock, Knock Give a Sock organization. 
• Second graders’ decoration of inspirational tissue boxes for residents of Hewlett House, a community resource center for anyone suffering from cancer on Long Island. 
• Third graders’ creation of holiday cards as well as frames and mirrors with inspirational messaging for Hewlett House and their collection of Play-Doh to be used for occupational therapy at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. 
• Fourth graders’ Birthday in a Box initiative, in which they decorated and filled boxes with little items and presented them to local children in need on their birthdays, and their collection of Band-Aids and Play-Doh to be used for occupational therapy, both for Cohen Children’s Medical Center. 
• Fifth graders’ mentoring of incoming kindergarteners, in which they spent time reading with their newest schoolmates and showing them around the building.
• Sixth graders’ annual Sandwichathon, in which they made over 3,000 sandwiches to feed some 800 families through the River Fund organization. 
• The Lakeside Student Council’s 13th annual trip to Hewlett House to beautify the grounds and nurture the vegetable garden there. 

During their presentations, students described the work they put in and gave heartwarming testimony about the joy they felt in helping others. Hewlett House founder and breast cancer survivor Geri Barish was on hand to personally thank Lakeside School for all that they have done. She presented teacher/student council adviser Soo Becchina with a Pockets of Hope denim quilt, created by the residents of Hewlett House, as a gift showing their gratitude.